LATEST NEWS :   Our next meeting will be held on 
April 11 when our speaker will be Colin Bray, bassist and host of Sugarfoot Stomp on the University of Toronto’s community radio station  CIUT. The title of his presentation is:
Early Ellington compositions played by contemporary bands in Britain, Continental Europe and the U.S.A.     
 A Train segment  The Toronto Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society was founded  4 May 1959.

The original chapter in Washington D.C. and New York’s Chapter were the only two on existence at that time. Subsequently, several others have been formed in U.S. cities, in Britain and across Europe. While each is independent there is interchange of information and studies and an annual International Conference which Chapter 40 hosted in 1987 and 1996.

The music of Duke Ellington continues to bring people of all ages, backgrounds, artistic, social and cultural inclinations together in the spirit of swinging celebration. That is why TDES 40 continues to build awareness of Ellington’s music and influence through study, discussion and analysis in a welcoming and hospitable forum. We undertake the wonderfully rewarding work of encouraging the performance of jazz and of Ellington’s music by local, national and international musicians through our organization of concerts and through the awarding of scholarships to today’s musicians of the future.

Concerts are presented at a December Holiday Party and on a date near April 29, Duke’s birthday, every year. These eagerly awaited events have added significantly to the Chapter’s scholarship fund raising capabilities.

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