“Music is how I live, why I live, and how I will be remembered.” — Duke Ellington’s last words
One of the most important creative forces in the music of the 20th century, African-American pianist and composer Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 - May 24, 1974) was the greatest jazz composer and bandleader of his time—and his influence has endured. An originator of big band jazz, Ellington led his band for more than half a century, composed thousands of scores, and created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in all of Western music. It’s been said that Ellington was actually uncomfortable with the word “jazz,” and felt that being described as “beyond category”—an expression coined by his colleague and collaborator Billy “Swee' Pea” Strayhorn—was the greatest compliment that could be paid to his music.
The Parker House Band pays tribute to Ellington, whose music combines the larger structures of concert music with the materials of pure jazz and whose genius defies category. The House Band features pianist Ryan Davis, bassist Ben Triesch, drummer Jeremy Bruch, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kris Kimura.
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
Tickets are $15. Reservations are required. No refunds.
The show will also be available via livestream at parkerjazzclub.com/livestream, generously sponsored by local nonprofit Texas Jazz Society. Online donations are welcome—all proceeds benefit Texas Jazz Society’s mission to keep jazz alive and thriving in Texas.
Parker continues to operate at limited capacity. Face masks are recommended. While dancing is not discouraged, please note that Parker does not have a dedicated dance floor.
GOOD TO KNOW
Our show starts at 8pm and doors open at 7pm. Your ticket guarantees your seat, but please note that table preference is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Though there’s not a bad seat in the house, if you have a specific table at which you want to be seated, arrive early.