Sun, 19 Jun



DUKE - In Celebration of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022

The Queen met Duke Ellington in 1958 at an arts festival in Leeds. He later composed 'The Queen's Suite' especially for her. The Queen remains a huge fan of Ellington's music.

DUKE - In Celebration of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022

Time & Location

19 Jun, 20:00

Ilkeston, 16 Dallimore Rd, Ilkeston DE7 4GZ, UK

About the Event

Queen Elizabeth is a blues and jazz fan — and American jazz legend Duke Ellington appears to be on her playlist!

The monarch, 96, made British jazz musician Gary Crosby "so happy" with her unique interest in the musical genres, he revealed on BBC Radio Two's Blues Show on Monday evening.

Crosby also told the show's host Cerys Matthews of his joy at receiving the Queen's Medal for Music in 2019. The double-bass player was the first jazz player to be given the award, which he received from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

When Matthews asked him if the Queen likes the blues, Crosby immediately said, "Duke Ellington."

"Ellington came up, and her appreciation of music and instruments and how they're amplified just floored me for about a minute," he added. "I just sat there and, 'Is this for real? The Queen is speaking to me about re-amplification of acoustic string instruments.' "

The Nottingham Jazz Orchestra are a 16-piece big band playing the best in contemporary and swing music from Basie to Kubis and beyond! 

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