Duke Ellington in Concert

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Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington (arr. Paul Murtha)

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General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Big Band
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo

B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Duke Ellington is one of America’s great composers. Sit back and enjoy five tunes made famous by him and his band. This medley begins with the signature swinging sounds of Take the “A” Train, which is a reference to the New York City train line that ran from Brooklyn, through Manhattan, to the center of African-American culture, Harlem. Next is the ode to living a quiet life, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, that began life as an instrumental entitled Never More Lament before having lyrics added by Bob Russell in 1942. This version rose to the top of the R&B charts in 1943. The harmonically rich ballad Mood Indigo follows and gives way to the iconic Latin-jazz composition Caravan. This medley closes with another well-known swing tune whose title has provided guidance to generations of aspiring jazz musicians: It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).

- Program Note by Brian Ewing


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • The Boynton Beach (Fla.) Gold Coast Band (Barbara Rubenstein, conductor) - 22 October 2023
  • Bemidji (Minn.) Area Community Band (Ryan Webber, conductor) - 18 June 2023
  • Monroe (Va.) Community Band (David Pallo, conductor) - 25 March 2023
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Night Owls Campus Community Band (Brian Ewing, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Wind Ensemble (Scott Guidry, conductor) – 11 February 2018
  • Sierra Nevada Winds (Yuba City, Calif.) (Robert Hesketh, conductor) - 29 April 2017
  • U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band (Fort Huachuca, Ariz.) – 11 February 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Ellington, D.; Murtha, P. (2002). Duke Ellington in Concert [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.