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The Language of Ellingtonia, Episode 2: “Isfahan” - Juilliard Open Studios

December 1, 2015
Juilliard School – New York City

One of the most famous solos performed by legendary alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges, “Isfahan” invokes the beauty of the Iranian city Duke Ellington named the movement after in his Far East Suite. As the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra rehearses and performs it, Wynton Marsalis, director of Juilliard Jazz, explains how sensitivities to timing and mood are key to interpreting this iconic ballad.

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