Essentially Ellington

A free program for high school jazz bands, Essentially Ellington aims to elevate musicianship, broaden perspectives and inspire performance.

News & Updates

Registration for the 2017 Essentially Ellington Program is now open!

Members: Use the yellow navigation panel on the right to log in and gain access to this year’s membership benefits:

  • Free printed or instant downloads of 8 new Duke Ellington and Tadd Dameron charts
  • Free EE recordings, videos and, rehearsal guides
  • Access to Tutti Dynamics, Inc.’s revolutionary interactive video app specifically designed to teach EE charts featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
  • Professional feedback of student performances of the charts along with much more!
  • The option to participate in non-competitive EE Regional Festivals nationwide
  • The option to submit a recording for the 22nd Annual Competition & Festival in NYC
  • Student big band arranging/composition contest

Not yet a member? Do you have a high school or college age jazz ensemble? Become a member through the blue participation button on the right. Registration is quick and all of our benefits, including new charts each year is FREE! Music featured in the 2016-17 season is as follows:

East St. Louis Toodle-oo by Duke Ellington & Bubber Miley, arr. Duke Ellington

Bojangles by Duke Ellington

Sugar Hill Penthouse by Duke Ellington

Carnegie Blues by Duke Ellington

Dameron Stomp by Tadd Dameron & Harlan Leonard, arr. Tadd Dameron

So Easy by Tadd Dameron

If You Could See Me Now by Tadd Dameron & Carl Sigman, arr. Melba Liston

Stay On It by Tadd Dameron & Dizzy Gillespie, arr. Tadd Dameron