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“On the road with Duke Ellington”
22nd International Duke Ellington Study Group Conference
May 14-18, 2014 Hosted by the Conservatory of Amsterdam
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Ellington 2014

Seventy-five years after Ellington’s famous second trip to Europe (April and May 1939), which took him to Amsterdam for a concert at the Concertgebouw, and 75 years after he started his collaboration with Billy Strayhorn, Amsterdam will be the site of the 22nd International Duke Ellington Conference, hosted by the Conservatory of Amsterdam (Europe’s largest jazz school), in its beautiful new building and concert halls, in collaboration with the world-famous Bimhuis concert-stage, and the International Duke Ellington Study Group.

The program boasts keynote lectures by acclaimed writers on Ellington, such as Harvey Cohen, David Schiff, and Matt Cooper, concerts of among others Black, Brown and Beige by the conservatory big band under the baton of the renowned Ellington scholar David Berger, a commissioned arrangement for wind-ensemble of Such Sweet Thunder, a concert in the Bimhuis by Dutch Annual Jazz Award winner Oene van Geel, as well as a conference dinner in the prestigious Muziekgebouw aan het IJ (where King Willem-Alexander dined the evening of his crowning), and special hotel arrangements.

Celebrate Ellington’s 115th birthday (April 29, 1899) and commemorate the 40th anniversary of his passing (May 24, 1974). Join us in Amsterdam, World Jazz City 2014, for four days packed with presentations, friendship and above all: the music of Duke & Strays.

Amsterdam World Jazz City 2014

world jazz city

Losse kaartverkoop concerten

Voor personen die niet aan de conferentie deelnemen zijn wel tickets beschikbaar voor de concerten van Matt Cooper (15 mei, 16.00 uur, € 10) en het Calefax Riet Kwintet (17 mei, 15.45 uur, € 15) in de Blue Note zaal van het Conservatorium. Tickets zijn op de dag zelf in het Conservatorium te koop.

Tickets voor All Ellington + Oene van Geel Trio (15 mei 20.30 uur, Bimhuis) en David Berger met Black, Brown & Beige (17 mei 21.00 uur, North Sea Jazz Club) zijn te koop via:

Call for papers

We welcome 200-300 word proposals and short CVs, sketching 30-minute presentations that will focus on anything Ellingtonian, but specifically on our conference theme: “On the Road with Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra.”

Conference Committee: Louis Tavecchio and Walter van de Leur Closed


  • Concertgebouw Amsterdam, November 2, 1958, Ray Nance (violin) and Shorty Baker (trumpet) performing Mr Gentle & Mr. Cool
  • Duke Ellington: Mood Indigo
  • Duke Ellington at his first Dutch concert in the Arts and Sciences Building in The Hague, April 8, 1939 (unfortunately no sound, only picture)


Short Program

May 14, 2014
Registration Conservatory of Amsterdam
Evening reception
May 15, 2014
Opening and Welcome
Matt Cooper: Piano Recital
Concert Bimhuis: Eric Boeren’s All Ellington Project, featuring violinists Oene van Geel and Jeffrey Bruinsma & cellist Jorg Brinkmann.
Concert Kapitein Zeppo’s: Amsterdam Accordion Joe Quintet plays Ellington
May 16, 2014
Conference-dinner Zouthaven (= Muziekgebouw aan het IJ)
May 17, 2014
Calefax Reed Quintet: Such Sweet Thunder & The River
Concert David Berger: Black, Brown and Beige
May 18, 2014
Conference closing: 13.00 (1 p.m.)