In March of 1973, the famed American composer and bandleader Duke Ellington came to Toronto to lead composition workshops and talks with Humber Music students at the college's North campus. Ellington enjoyed a long and positive relationship with the city of Toronto, having first traveled here in 1939 and returning frequently. This 1973 visit, however, was facilitated by Ellington's relationship with Canadian composer/arranger Ron Collier. Collier had worked with Ellington since their July 1967 recording, "North of The Border," and since 1972, had a teaching relationship with the college that lasted until his retirement in 1994.
In this workshop session, I unpack the history of Ellington's visit to Humber, and discuss the lasting legacy that Ellington's music has had on not only jazz, but on the pedagogy of music education.
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