Creator: Duke Ellington, jazz musician
Description: This video is a recording of Ellington and his Et Son Orchestre in a live performance of "Stomping at the Savoy."
Context and Things to Consider
- What genre of music do you think Ellington and the Et Son Orchestre are performing?
- Keeping in mind what you have learned about music of the Harlem Renaissance, think about the significance of the musical style as well as references to Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in this number.
- Consider that many African American big bands of the early swing era performed at the Savoy Ballroom.
- Note that while the Harlem Renaissance is generally recognized as occurring from 1920 to the mid-1930s, the performance of Ellington and his band at this later date still aptly captures the essence of big bands of the Harlem Renaissance era.
Duke Ellington performs "Stomping at the Savoy" [4:00]