In a Sentimental Mood, the songs of Duke Ellington


Friday August 26th, 2016

Time: 7:00 PM

Take the A Train down to the Winslow House Friday August 26th as we present “In a Sentimental Mood”, featuring the songs of one the world’s most famous jazz composers and performers, Duke Ellington.

John Murelle, baritone, and John Salerno, pianist, will entertain audiences with a concert of familiar, and perhaps unfamiliar, songs by Duke Ellington. Author Mick Carlon will be telling the fascinating story of Ellington’s background and his music between songs performed by Murelle and Salerno.

Duke Ellington (1899-1974), the American composer and pianist, wrote over 2000 compositions. His jazz style moved in and out of the blues, gospel, popular and classical music. His more famous songs include “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Take the A Train,” “Satin Doll,” “In a Sentimental Mood”, “Mood Indigo” and “Solitude.” The songs of Ellington have not only endured the test of time, but keep fascinating audiences with their wildly imaginative melodies.

The concert is $20 for general admission, $15 for Winslow House members.  Tickets can be reserved by calling 781-837-5753.


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About the Performers:

Baritone John Murelle is a versatile singer with a wide range of musical interests, including art song, opera and oratorio, Broadway and popular songs. He holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Michigan and the Boston Conservatory, and a diploma from the Boston University Opera Institute. John Murelle’s keen interest in song literature has earned him accolades as a concert singer. His diverse programs include song cycles of Beethoven, Head, Fauré, Quilter, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann and Vaughan Williams, and highly acclaimed theme recitals including The Way You Look Tonight, The Songs of Jerome Kern; With A Song In My Heart, The Songs of Rodgers and Hart; You’re The Top! The Songs of Cole Porter; Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Songs of George and Ira Gershwin; Let Yourself Go! The Songs of Irving Berlin, Cuban Passion, The Songs Of Ernesto Lecuona; Americans in Paris, Russians on Broadway, The music of Vernon Duke & George Gershwin & That’s Amore, pop songs from Italy, featuring the John Salerno Trio.

In great demand as a voice teacher, John has a private studio in East Sandwich. His student’s regularly receive scholarships at recognized music schools throughout the U.S., including Boston University!

John Salerno, a native of the Boston area, has been performing professionally for over fifty years. He began his career as a pianist and singer performing in the New England area and throughout the East Coast. John has taught music for 40 years in the US, in Turkey and gained renown as a musical entertainer not only in Turkey, but also throughout Europe.  His “Society of Two” and was named “Act of the Year” by the Florida press.  His seventeen-piece big band performed opening night at the Wang Center for the first ever Bolshoi, Kirov and Boston Ballet production of Swan Lake.  John has been director of music at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, director of the Cape Cod Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, fine arts director for the city New Bedford, and was music director for the Indio, California Performing Arts Center before re-establishing his career as piano soloist on cruise ships from the Caribbean to Alaska and Europe and with his various ensembles throughout New England.

Mick Carlon’s novels--Riding on Duke’s Train; Travels With Louis; and images-16Girl Singer–are now in the curriculum of over 80 schools nationwide.  His latest, Girl Singer–about a fictional 1940s jazz singer who falls in love with a Holocaust survivor–was published in November 2015 as an adult novel.  Mick, a veteran public school teacher, lives on Cape Cod with his wife, Lisa, and daughters Sarah and Hannah.

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