Marie Goudy Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

By Marie Goudy

Edward James “Duke” Ellington was one of the most famous and prolific musicians of the 20th century. As a composer, pianist, and bandleader, he made a significant mark on history and influenced jazz forever. He became famous in the 1920s playing at the Cotton Club in Harlem, the dark “jungle” sound of his band being a stark contrast to the sweet, pretty music that all the other dance bands were playing at the time. Ellington composed and performed steadily from the days of illegal speakeasies in the 1920s all the way to his last concert in 1974, having the longest career of any jazz composer ever.

Marie Goudy plays and sings a tribute to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
Thu, Jan 22, 8pm
La Galería
Plaza Alhondiga
150 pesos
More info: 415 114-3482

Billy “Swee’ Pea” Strayhorn entered Duke Ellington’s life in 1939 and was his right-hand man all the way to his death. Ellington said of his relationship with Strayhorn: “my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brain waves in his head, and his in mine.” They were inseparable; Strayhorn composed many hits credited to Ellington’s orchestra, including the famous “Take the A Train.”

Canadian trumpet player/singer Marie Goudy will be performing a tribute to these two incredible musicians on Thursday, January 22. Marie studied jazz trumpet at the University of Toronto and since graduation has been making her mark in Toronto and San Miguel de Allende playing jazz, funk, rock, blues, and mariachi music. The concert, which will be held at La Galeria, will feature Gabriel Hernandez on piano, Andres Gandara on guitar, Adrian Flores on bass, and Diego Flores on drums.


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