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Port Moody group throws 125th birthday bash for Duke Elllington

Bohart presents "Beyond Category: The Music of Duke Ellington" at The Cultch’s Historic Theatre in Vancouver on Wednesday April 24.
Bohart presents "Beyond Category: The Music of Duke Ellington" on April 24, 2024.

A Port Moody nonprofit that promotes the arts and culture is producing a music concert to mark the 125th year of Duke Ellington’s birth.

Bohart, which is run by Gregory Elgstrand, the former art curator at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, presents Beyond Category: The Music of Duke Ellington at The Clutch’s Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St., Vancouver) on Wednesday, April 24.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale.

Featuring a selection of Ellington’s compositions, the works will be played by the 15-piece Vancouver Jazz Orchestra led by clarinetist/saxophonist James Danderfer.

Also on the roster are Sharon Minemoto on piano, vocalist Dawn Pemberton, Andy Hunter on trombonist and dancer Cori Caulfield of Port Moody’s Caulfield School of Dance.

Bohart is a continuation of AH UM Theatre Workshop, which Elgstrand and his brother, Kris, started in Coquitlam in 1993.

Five years later, AH UM commissioned music band leader Ron Collier to arrange Oscar Peterson’s "Canadian Suite for Jazz Orchestra," which saw its premiere at the Historic Theatre.

In 2008, it was performed before Peterson at the Toronto International Jazz Festival before opening the 1998 Ottawa Jazz Festival.

For tickets to see Beyond Category, you can call the venue at 604-251-1363 or visit the venue website.