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Rocks In My Bed

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington
photo: biography.com

Date, Location

    Recorded music and narrative about Duke Ellington.

    Nationally known solo-performer Cedric Liqueur presents “Rocks In My Bed,” the music of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974). This 90-minute presentation, featuring recorded music and narrative, was written in collaboration with the Delabat School for the Blind in South Africa and Childvision, National Education Centre for Blind Children in Ireland, and is suitable for all ages and audiences.

    Limited Seating: Free Ticket Required

    Space limited; tickets required. Pick up FREE ticket at host location starting one week before event; one ticket per person.

    • Every person must have a ticket. (Yes, even babies because they are still counted in the fire code limitations for each room.)
    • Everyone must be seated 15 minutes prior to the start of the program or their seat may be released to others waiting.
    • Every person must bring their ticket to the program that day.

    Please call the Powell Branch Library; 269-553-7960 if you have any questions.

    “Gray skies... are just clouds passing over.” —Duke Ellington

    Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974)

    Duke Ellington called his music “American Music” rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as “beyond category.” He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered as one of the twentieth century's best known African American personalites. As both a composer and a band leader, Ellington's reputation has increased since his death, with thematic repackagings of his signature music often becoming best-sellers. Posthumous recognition of his work include a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.

    Cedric Liqueur

    A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cedric Liqueur has written and produced historical biographies as solo performances since 1997, performing at libraries, schools, colleges, and other venues in the United States, Canada, and Europe.