The 21st
Duke Ellington
Study Group

Woking (London), England

Four full days & an introductory get-together:
Wednesday evening, 23 May
to Sunday evening, 27 May 2012.


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Five days - four concerts - more than a dozen presentations on Duke.

DROP ME OFF AT WOKING The 21st Duke Ellington Study Group conference will take place from Wednesday - Sunday, 23 - 27 May 2012 in Woking, England.

Public concert tickets are now available to book. We have the Frank Griffith Nonet, the Darius Brubeck Quartet, and the Claude Bolling Trio all doing Ellington projects for the conference.

Here's a leaflet with details on the concerts.

Additionally, a special performance of Duke's landmark 1956 extended work A Drum Is a Woman by the Guildhall Jazz Band and Singers will take place on Thursday 25th May. This and sumptuous pre-concert dining at the civic reception is available only to delegates and their partners on Thursday night. Thursday registration is available at £60 to include this.

Full registration is priced at £195. This is for all events, Thursday to Sunday, and the welcome reception on the Wednesday evening. The Sunday banquet is now full.

Day registration is available at £60 per day including the evening concert, and dining on Thursday and Sunday.

Ellington 2012 is a musical and societal arts conference, the 21st such to be dedicated to the composer and musician Duke Ellington. Woking is a vibrant town on the outskirts of London, 28 minutes or less by an extremely frequent train service from the centre. There is a half-hourly direct coach link from Heathrow (50 minutes' journey), and hourly trains from Gatwick to Woking via Guildford (about one hour's journey).

The conference starts with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening. There follow four days of papers and panel discussions during the daytimes and evening concerts, closing in a banquet and concert on Sunday night.

If you intend to come, don't leave it too long. We are a self-funded cooperative event and we need your money as early as possible. You can remit by sending us a Sterling cheque or International Money Order, or via PayPal using a credit or debit card.

Unlike in most years there is no holiday in 2012 on the last Monday in May (28th).

Ellington 2012 is being coordinated by a team headed by the organiser of Ellington 2008, and is supported by the UK Ellington Society, DESUK, which AGM will take place on the Sunday morning.

The conference is an exciting prospect for us all. It will be the first for four years.

Ellington 2012 forms part of the year-long Celebrate Woking festival.

Please forward this to anyone you think would be interested. If you are involved in a music or social periodical or Website please feel free to include details or contact us for further information.

Would your organisation like to become involved and support the conference? Please let us know. We can include your information and logo here and in our publicity and other materials.

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Full Registration

Registration is £195 for the whole conference. The Sunday banquet is now full.

Full Delegate Registration - £195

On Thursday evening (24th May), delegates will be welcomed at a civic reception ahead of that evening's concert. The reception, dining and the concert are available only to delegates (included in their registration fee) and their partners (priced at £20).

Civic Reception and Thursday Evening Concert for Partner of Delegate - £20

You can bring friends to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening concerts, which are open to the public. Please see below.

Day Registration

Day registration is available for those who cannot make the whole event.

All day delegates are welcome and encouraged to attend the Wednesday evening get-together.

Each day's registration includes the evening concerts, Thursday-Sunday, plus for Thursday the civic reception. The Sunday banquet is now full.

Thursday Delegate Registration (24th May) - £60

Friday Delegate Registration (25th May) - £60

Saturday Delegate Registration (26th May) - £60

Sunday Delegate Registration (27th May) - £35 This now excludes dining at the banquet, but still includes the concert (doors 8.15 pm).

The Thursday evening civic reception and concert are available only to delegates (included in their registration fee) and their partners (priced at £20). Please see above to book this.

If you are not already a registered delegate for Thursday and wish to attend the concert, you may register as either a full delegate or as a Thursday delegate - please see above.

Book by Post

Within the UK you can remit by Sterling cheque made payable to "Ellington 2012." Please state which option or options you are paying for (please see above).

Overseas you can similarly remit by Sterling International Money Order.

(Owing to exorbitant bank charges, non-Sterling cheques and money orders cannot be accepted.)

Please send payment with your address and email address if you have one to:-

Ellington 2012
2 Julian Close
GU21 3HD

Book by BACS or SWIFT Transfer

We bank with Britannia, part of the consumer co-operative organisation The Co-operative Bank.

As well as making your payment please send us your name, address, email address if you have one, what you are booking and the date and amount of the transfer.


Within the UK you can use the information below to pay us:-

Account name : Ellington 2012
Sort code : 571327
Account no. : 00000000 (eight zeros)
You will need to include our Britannia reference number : 355295170


Overseas you can use the information below to pay us in Sterling:-

Bank : Natwest Bank, 24 Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire (which handles Britannia accounts)
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Account no. : 01871870
IBAN : GB02NWBK01050201871870
You will need to include our Britannia reference number : 355295170


The concerts are included in delegate registration.

Admission is available to non-delegates as follows.

All are at the HG Wells Centre. Box Office: 01483 712710 (credit/debit cards, no booking fee). Or book online with PayPal. Tickets will be waiting for you under your name at the front desk. Please bring your PayPal transaction information.

Concert 1 - Thursday 24th May 2012, 8.30 pm

On Thursday evening the Guildhall Jazz Band and Singers perform A Drum Is a Woman.

This special event is available only to delegates and their partners.

Day registration is currently available at £60 to include dining at the civic reception that evening, and the concert.

Thursday Delegate Registration (24th May) - £60

Delegates can book for their partners to dine and attend the concert for £20 - please see above.

Concert 2 - Friday 25th May 2012, 8 pm

US Reedsman Frank Griffith's renowned Nonet perform a programme of serious, swinging and thrilling Ellington and Strayhorn.

Concert also includes The Phil Singleton Project. Free pre-concert talk by Phil at 7 pm.

Friday 25th May - Frank Griffith Nonet - £15

Concert 3 - Saturday 26th May 2012, 7 pm

Following his afternoon Study Group presentation, pianist Darius Brubeck - eldest son of the legendary Dave - will include the famous Newport Jazz Festival 1958 Ellington Night programme in his quartet set.

Saturday 26th May - Darius Brubeck Quartet - £18

If you wish to attend Darius' presentation, entitled "Dave and the Duke," please book day registration, which includes admission to the concert.

Saturday Delegate Registration (26th May) - £60

Concert 4 - Sunday 27th May 2012, 8.30 pm

Parisian pianist Claude Bolling was befriended by Ellington in the 1950s and is a celebrated European composer and orchestra leader.

Here he performs an intimate post-banquet concert with his French trio.

Sunday 27th May - Claude Bolling Trio - £15


The outline below represents our planned programme as of March 2012 and is subject to possible amendment.

The following are confirmed for the Study Group presentations sessions:

~ Luca Bragalini (Italy) “Three Black Kings (and a Duke) in a Symphonic Celebration”

~ Catherine Brubeck (SA & London) “Ellington Is Forever”

~ Darius Brubeck (US & London) “Dave and the Duke”

~ Bjarne Busk (Denmark) CD Launch “ My People, The Complete Show”

~ Matthew Cooper (Oregon) “Duke Ellington: The Pianist”

~ Corine Dhondee (London) Film “The Queen's Suite”

~ Nicholas Fernandez (New York State) “Kay Davis, Duke Ellington and the Postwar Big Band Vocalist”

~ Frank Griffith (US & London) “The Clarinettists”

~ Eunice Malloch (Manchester) “Oldham, 1985”

~ Bill Saxonis (New York State) “Reflections on Duke and His World: The Oral History Project”

~ David Schiff (Oregon) “Why the Ellington Century?”

~ Ken Steiner (Washington State) “Wild Throng Dances Madly in Cellar Club II”

~ Louis Tavecchio (Netherlands) “Duke in Toronto”

~ Mike Winn (Bucks) “Ellington, a Fan's Rambles.”


EVENING (HG Wells, 6 - 10 pm)


A reception with finger buffet for all our delegates. A chance to mingle, meet old friends and make new ones.

~ THE AGE OF ELLINGTON (8 - 10 pm)

A brief history of Duke: six mini-presentations, one on each of Duke's six decades of work, 1920s-1970s.

This taster session is open free-of-charge to the people of Woking.


MORNING (HG Wells, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm)


Introduction to the Conference
Eunice Malloch
Open Discussion: A Drum Is a Woman
Mike Winn

AFTERNOON (HG Wells, 2.30 - 5 pm)


Nicholas Fernandez
Luca Bragalini

EVENING (HG Wells, 6.30 pm)

~ CIVIC RECEPTION (6.30 - 8 pm)

Formal attire (black tie/lounge suit) event for delegates and their partners, including dining.

~ CONCERT 1 (8.30 pm)

perform A Drum Is a Woman.


MORNING (HG Wells, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm)


David Schiff
Ken Steiner

AFTERNOON (HG Wells, 2.30 - 5 pm)


Bill Saxonis
Louis Tavecchio

EVENING (HG Wells, 7 pm)


By Woking composer/trumpeter Phil Singleton

~ CONCERT 2 (8 pm)


Concert also includes THE PHIL SINGLETON PROJECT


MORNING (HG Wells, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm)


Bjarne Busk
Frank Griffith
Matthew Cooper

AFTERNOON (HG Wells, 2.30 - 5 pm)


Frank Griffith (reeds) and Matt Cooper (piano) in a recital performance.
Darius Brubeck
Catherine Brubeck

EVENING (HG Wells, 7 pm)


THE DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET (Supported by New Woking Jazz Circle)


MORNING (10 - 11 am)


NOON (Lightbox, 12 - 2 pm)


Jam session hosted by Simon Cook (piano).

AFTERNOON (HG Wells, 3 - 5 pm)


Corine Dhondee
Oldham, 1985

EVENING (HG Wells, 7 pm)


Informal attire event ahead of our closing concert.

~ CONCERT 4 (8.30 pm)

THE CLAUDE BOLLING TRIO (Presented in association with Maggie Black Productions)


We will use the HG Wells Centre - named in honour of the one-time Woking resident - as a base with most daytime and evening events happening there. It has excellent conferencing facilities and each room has a grand piano and a bar. We will also make use of the superb Lightbox arts centre.

~ HG Wells Centre, Church St. East, GU21 6HJ

~ The Lightbox, Victoria Way, GU21 4AA

Both are within a few minutes' walk of each other, of the station, and various hotels and B&Bs.

Here is a map of the area.


Accommodation is for delegates to arrange. Please contact us for help with your individual needs.

Below is a list of places to stay in Woking. Delegates will receive in the mail further information about the town.

We have secured reserved accommodation at the Holiday Inn and at St Columba's House. Special rates have been negotiated, available if you mention our conference.

The two hotels below are in the immediate area of Ellington 2012.

~ Holiday Inn, GU21 8EW +44 (0)1483 221000

A five night stay (23 - 27 May 2012) is less than £500 for up to two people sharing a room. The Ellington 2012 rate includes breakfast and parking for residents only. Please contact In House Reservations between Monday & Friday, 9 am - 5.30 pm on +44(0)1483 221006 to guarantee your room with a card, quoting reference YG2. The cancellation policy is 24 hours prior to arrival. Late cancellations or non-arrivals will be charged to your card.

~ The Woking Hotel, GU21 5AJ +44 (0)1483 727662

An acceptable budget option right next to the HG Wells centre.

The following are further afield and within reasonable reach.

~ Premier Inn, GU21 6NL +44 (0)1483 763642 (About a mile.)

~ St Columba's House, GU22 8AB +44 (0)1483 766498 (About a mile.)

A charity where the emphasis in on peace and quiet, highly recommended by other groups which have visited Woking.

~ The Wheatsheaf, GU21 4AL +44 (0)1483 773047 (About half a mile.)

Woking council has further information on its Website.



We are seeking offers to deliver papers (in the broadest sense - lectures, talks, reminiscences and presentations, interviews and panel discussions) as part of the daytime programme at Ellington 2012. The Study Group itself runs from Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th May.

A single-page summary including title is all that is needed, along with a CV or biography if you wish. Please email this to with subject including "Ellington 2012 Call for Papers."

Whilst it's unlikely a full programme will emerge until near the event, if you would like to be involved in the Study Group please contact us as early as possible.

The organisers of the Study Group conferences do so in order to provide a forum for members of the community to participate as delegates and present on and discuss Ellington. As such it is expected that in general speakers register for the event at the prevailing rate.

Conference Themes

We will gratefully entertain offers to present on any "Ellingtonian" subject, and are looking especially for papers on under-appreciated Ellingtonians, and on the theme of "Ellington in the 21st Century."

Sunday 27th May is intended as a relaxed day, with less formal or challenging presentations.

Technical Requirements

Please include any requirements you have such as CD playback or video projection. A piano will be available for demonstrations.

Length & Scope

Please give an idea of the likely minimum and maximum length for your presentation, and whether you would be willing to also take part in a separate panel discussion.

All presentations to be recorded for the Study Group archives, with copies available to participants.

All arts events can do with extra income, and if you wish to donate to Ellington 2012 - whether you are able to join us next year or not - we are pleased to receive any amount and due credit will be given unless you tell us otherwise. Whatever you give us will make the event better.

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Alternatively, you can send us a donation by post.

Please send a Sterling cheque or money order made payable to "Ellington 2012" to:-

Ellington 2012
2 Julian Close
GU21 3HD

"All for the Love of Duke"