Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description "Once upon a time, there lived in the city of Harlem, a queen, Queenie Pie, so named because she was head royalty of a beauty products industry, as well as being a devout lover of mankind." So begins the libretto Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington wrote for his delightful jazz musical, Queenie Pie, a celebration of the life and times of Harlem in the 1920s. This New York concert premiere of Queenie Pie is the centerpiece of a program that combines the full resources of the Brooklyn Philharmonic with the exciting sounds of the Mercer Ellington Jazz Band for an all-out salute to the Duke -- one of the seminal figures of 20th-century music, and one of the greatest jazzmen of all time. Other featured works include symphonic arrangements of "Take the 'A' Train" and "Caravan," and a tap-dance performance of "David Danced Before the Lord" from his Sacred Concert.