Duke Ellington Birthday Concert
Savannah Jazz Orchestra celebration

When:April 17th, 5 p.m.
Where:Fine Arts Auditorium
Admission:free admission, no tickets necessary

About this event:
The Savannah Jazz Orchestra performs its annual birthday musical tribute to the life and music of American composer, pianist, and big band leader Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974).

Saxophonist Bryson Borgstedt is the featured soloist. Born in Charleston, South Carolina and growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, Borgstedt has performed for over forty years and taught for more than thirty-five. He left the state in 1983 for New York where he was a member of the United States Military Academy Band Jazz Knights at West Point and busy free-lance musician. On his return to his native state in 2003, Bryson taught briefly as an adjunct instructor for the University of South Carolina music department and was the director of jazz and saxophone instructor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina for five years. He currently maintains a private teaching studio and a select performance schedule.

Since returning to South Carolina his performing highlights include: Natalie Cole and The Manhattan Transfer with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra - Josh Groban - Aretha Franklin - Debby Boone with John Oddo - The Temptations - Lynn Roberts and Ken Peplowski with Bob Alberti and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra - Patti Austin with the Augusta Symphony - Louie Bellson - Guy Hovis & Ralna English - Kevin Mahogany - Dick Goodwin - Ross Holmes - The Columbia Jazz Orchestra - USC Conductors Institute Orchestra - South Carolina Philharmonic - Great Society Band - Black Tie Affair - USC Left Bank Band - Collaboration with musical partner, guitarist Jim Mings, performing as Borgstedt And Mings.

5 p.m. in the Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium

Free admission, no tickets needed for this concert. Doors open one hour before the concert.

Call 912.344.2801 from noon to 3 p.m., weekdays, for ticketing information.

Sponsored by the Coastal Jazz Association, the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, and Armstrong AMT.