Sam Jewison Sings Duke Ellington

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  • Following multiple sold-out appearances, Sam Jewison returns to Crazy Coqs to celebrate the 125th birthday of Duke Ellington!

    The singer and pianist cast his gaze over the extraordinary output of an undisputed icon of American jazz, with songs including “Take the ‘A’ Train”, “I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)”, “Mood Indigo”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, “Satin Doll”, and many more.
    From his beginnings at the Cotton Club during the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, through to his legendary 1956 Newport Jazz Festival performance, and culminating in his twilight years’ creation of the “Sacred Concerts”, Ellington remained at the forefront of jazz throughout his life.

    His contributions to the Great American Songbook continue to inspire new generations of artists, with Jewison’s fresh interpretation of Ellington’s best-loved songs on display here.

    Described as “a Renaissance Man in a Jazz World”, Jewison’s vocal prowess and pianistic virtuosity have seen him tour internationally. He headlined the 2020 ReGeneration Festival in Florence and the BBC Radio 3 Christmas Special in 2021. He played at the award-winning Nevill Holt Opera House in June 2022 and made his EFG London Jazz Festival debut the following November.

    He has performed at iconic London venues, including Camden’s famous Jazz Café, Westminster Abbey, and the Royal Opera House, where he made his sold-out recital debut with “The Composer in Hollywood” in March 2022. Jewison returned to the ROH in January 2024 with “The Composer on Broadway”.


    “An evening of superlative performances…The audience – predominantly 30-somethings – couldn’t get enough” – Jazz Journal

    “A Renaissance Man in a Jazz World” – Seen and Heard International

    “The audience were on their feet at the end, and I have not had a better evening in the theatre in the last twelve months” – Yorkshire Times


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