This cabaret program, "In a Sentimental Mood,” will feature the music of Duke Ellington. Guests will hear songs from one of the world's most famous jazz composers and performers as they enjoy hors d'oeuvres and commune with friends and fellow music-lovers in the library's candlelit reading room. John Murelle, baritone (pictured at left), and William Merrill, pianist, will entertain and author Mick Carlon will tell the fascinating story of Ellington's background and music. The suggested donation of $15 per person includes an hors d'oeuvre buffet. Bring your own beverage. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call the library at 508-385-8151 by Wednesday, January 11.
Edward Kennedy "Duke” Ellington (1899 - 1974)—composer, pianist, and bandleader—wrote more than one thousand compositions during his brilliant career. Through his creativity, eloquence and charisma, duke ellington played a pivotal role in establishing jazz as the great distinctively american music genre that is revered around the world today. The history and historical roots of jazz are a window into the history of our country from america’s earliest days. In celebrating this history, this cabaret will be a fitting start to a weekend that honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.