Dublin City Jazz Orchestra

Performing The Sacred Music Of Duke Ellington
Limerick Premiere


Friday, Sept 26, 2014 – 8PM
Location: 69 O’Connell St, Admission €20Dublin City Jazz Orchestra – BUY TICKETS! feat Tina May -soprano, Cleveland Watkiss – baritone, Maurice Chestnut – tap dancer, Tim Thurson – narrator, Pete Churchill – Conductor

As early as October 1962, the Reverend John S. Yaryan approached Ellington about performing at the new Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The cathedral was due to open in three to four years and all sorts of cultural events were to occur there in its first year. It was not until two years later that things such as the date and program were finalized.

Pete Churchill

The concert premiered on September 16, 1965, and was recorded for Public Television. The performance was released on CD as A Concert of Sacred Music Live from Grace Cathedral and on DVD as Love You Madly/A Concert of Sacred Music at Grace Cathedral. The official album on RCA, A Concert of Sacred Music, was recorded at two concerts at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York on December 26, 1965. Additional material from these concerts, not found on the original album, can be found on the 24-CD box set The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973). This concert is the only one to have compositions not specifically written for it. “New World A-Commin” and “Come Sunday” from Black Brown and Beige and “Heritage (My Mother, My Father)” from the show My People were performed in it. The song “In the Beginning God” was awarded a Grammy Award in 1967.

Tina May

Tina May

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band comprising some of the best musical talent in Ireland. Led by the legendary Ciaran Wilde, four trumpets, four trombones, and five saxophones will be performing a mind blowing performance of ‘The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington’. The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra is playing big band music from the ‘40s and ‘50s along with some more modern bombastic tunes to mix it up! There’s nothing quite like a big band, and there’s no big band quite like the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra!

Cleveland Watkiss

Cleveland Watkiss

Originally trained in Canada, Pete Churchill has been based in England since 1985. Having completed almost twenty years teaching at the Guildhall School of Music, he is now Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London whilst running the jazz choir at Trinity College of Music.
Tina May is an English female jazz vocalist who has recorded several albums on the 33 Jazz Records label. She lived in Frampton-on-Severn when she was young, and attended Stroud High School. Her albums for the 33 Jazz Records label feature bands including her husband, drummer Clark Tracey. May has also worked with Tony Coe and Nikki Iles.
Cleveland Watkiss is a British virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer. He was the winner of the London Jazz Awards for Best Vocalist in 2010 and was voted Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards best vocalist for three consecutive years
Maurice Chestnut Newark, New Jersey native began dancing at the age of five, under the direction of Mr. Alfred Gallman.  He became a professional dancer at the age of nine as an original member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble under the direction of Ms. Deborah Mitchell

Limerick based multi award-winning chamber choir Ancór will also be
featured in this performance