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30th Annual Rite of Swing @Armstrong State University
Duke Ellington

Spend your Sunday celebrating the legacy of jazz royal Duke Ellington with The Savannah Jazz Orchestra and special guests! The most noteworthy composer in the history of jazz, Ellington composed over 1,000 songs during his career. Enjoy a collection of his finest tunes performed by a crop of regional and local talent.

Randall Reese and Teddy Adams lead the Savannah Jazz Orchestra. The group has already paid tribute to Ellington (and Johnny Mercer, too) on their CD Satin Doll. Get ready to be serenaded by brass, piano, bass, percussion and vocals.

The Orchestra welcomes a very special guest for the occasion: saxophonist Alfred “Al” Waters. The Jacksonville resident has been performing since middle school, going on to attend Florida A&M University and play in their Symphonic Band. Up until his sophomore year of college, Waters played trumpet; joining the university’s jazz band led him to saxophone and, subsequently, performances with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells, Donald Byrd, and many more well-known artists.

After some time as Band Director at Virginia Union University, Waters decided to become a full-time professional musician. Gigging with the likes of The Temptations, Barry Manilow, and Milt Jackson led to becoming a touring member of the Savoy Sultans. In 1990, he landed a dream gig: performing with legend Ray Charles in his band.

Sunday, April 24, 5 p.m., free, all-ages