Essentially Ellington

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

News & Updates


Greetings Directors!

The Essentially Ellington Program WILL continue for the 2020-21 school year. Sheet music and original recordings of this year’s repertoire will be available digitally in the coming weeks. Our Comments Only, Student Composition Contest and Competition & Festival programs will continue and take place during Spring 2021. Updated, detailed guidelines for each will be available upon the renewal process in the coming weeks so stay tuned for an email for us alerting you to when you can log in and access this year’s resources.

Music featured for the 2020-21 season is as follows: 

“Black Butterfly” (1936) composed by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Benito Caine Carruthers

“Blue and Sentimental” (1938) composed by William “Count” Basie, Mack David and Jerry Livingston, arr. Eddie Durham

“Blue Room” (1932) composed by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, arr. Eddie Durham

“Good Morning Blues” (1937) composed by William “Count” Basie, Eddie Durham and James Andrew Rushing

“Shout ‘Em Aunt Tillie” (1930) composed by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills

“Smada” (1951) composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

“Topsy” (1937) composed by Edgar William Battle and Eddie Durham, arr. Eddie Durham

“Trombono-Bustoso-Issimo” (aka “Trombone Buster”) (1966) composed by William Alonzo “Cat” Anderson