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Empire Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to classics

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A two-note trumpet figure signals the beginning of Duke Ellington’s “A Tone Parallel to Harlem,” which the Empire Jazz Orchestra performed Tuesday night at Schenectady County Community College. One of Ellington’s extended works, the piece is full of shifting rhythms and a range of dynamics that the composer intended to convey the varied lifestyles and activities of Harlem. It begins with an ensemble elaboration on those two notes, moves into a brief swinging section with ...

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