WELCOME TO TDES 40 IN TORONTO
September 12 2017 The first meeting of our new season will again be a live performance, at Montgomery’s Inn, with a trio led by John Sherwood with Mike Murley and Pat Collins. This event is free for members and guests though due to the limited seating, reservations are required. At the time of writing all seats have been reserved. If you would like to be placed on the wait list please call Judy Shiels at 416-239-2683.If you have reserved your spot and find you are unable to attend please let Judy know so the seat may be reassigned. Membership dues for the new season and cheques for the Holiday Party will be collected at the meeting.
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. Since September 2102 we are now getting our season underway with a live jazz performance by a trio or quartet at our meeting location of Montgomery’s Inn. Space is limited so reservations are required. For reservations speak to Judy Shiels at 416-239-2683.