The Harriet and Charles

Luckman Fine Arts Complex

Contact: Diane Turner

Phone: (323) 343-6616

Fax: (323) 343-6423

Date: Oct. 1, 1997


The Ellington/Strayhorn Tribute is the Opening Performance
of the

Cal State L.A. 50th Anniversary Series, Led by
University Alumni and Associates

The James Newton Big Band Salutes the Music of Duke Ellington
and Billy Strayhorn
, a loving tribute to these two jazz innovators,
takes place at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre on Saturday, Oct.
25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $35 for general admission and
$20 for seniors and students. For tickets call the Luckman ticket
office at (323) 343-6600 or TicketMaster at (213) 365-3500 or
(714) 740-7878.

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington and William Strayhorn
produced 40 significant years of impressive compositions including
Take the A Train and In the Beginning God. This tribute by the
James Newton Big Band will span Ellington and Strayhorn works
from 1937 to the late sixties and include both popular works and
those not commonly performed.

Flutist-composer-educator-recording artist James Newton, a San
Pedro, Calif., native and alumnus of Cal State L.A., is a perennial
jazz magazine poll winner. "With his gutsy tone and astonishing
agility, James Newton has a technique unexcelled among jazz flutists,"
says the Los Angeles Times.

He brings his expertise and 16-member orchestra to the Luckman
to pay homage to Ellington and Strayhorn who, he says, made him
fall in love with jazz. "I think for anybody who comes out
of the jazz tradition, the shadow of the combined efforts of
foremost jazz composer, Ellington, and the classically influenced
Strayhorn, looms larger than all others," says Newton.

In conjunction with his Luckman performance, Newton will make
a special appearance to play and sign his CDs at the Burbank location
of Barnes and Noble on Friday, Oct. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Participants will be eligible for a drawing for free tickets to
the Oct. 25 Luckman concert. The store is located at 731 N. San
Fernando Blvd. The phone number is 818-558-1383.

The James Newton Big Band tribute is the opening performance
of the Cal State L.A. 50th Anniversary Series. In honor of the
University's 50 years in the community, the Luckman has brought
together several outstanding Cal State L.A. alumni and associates
who will perform during the 1997-98 season. The performances include
Suzanna Guzmán, the Los Angeles-born mezzo-soprano
and one of the hottest young stars to hit the classical stage
in years (December 7); the separate performances of Jazz with
B Sharp
, one of the best of Los Angeles' young post-bop bands,
and Lennie Niehaus Octet, an award-winning jazz soloist
and feature film composer with a respected past (February 21);
Gema Sandoval's Danza Floricanto USA with Guest Artist
Loretta Livingston, a world premiere commemoration of United Farm
Workers founder, Cesar Chavez, by award-winning choreographers
Sandoval and Livingston (February 28 & March 1); the nationally
acclaimed Anderson Quartet (April 19); and Finian's
, a musical classic that premiered 50 years ago, now
featuring alumni and students from the Los Angeles County High
School for the Arts and Cal State L.A. (May 8, 9 & 10).

The 50th Anniversary Series is priced at $150, a 10 percent savings
off of five performances with a bonus free performance of Finian's
. Call (323) 343-6600 for details.

Luckman Theatre, part of The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine
Arts Complex, brings the performing arts of Los Angeles and the
world to Southern California. The Complex is located on the campus
of Cal State L.A. at the junction of the I-710 (Long Beach) and

I-10 (San Bernardino) freeways. For additional Luckman information
call (323) 343-6610 or access the Luckman through the Cal StateL.A.
home page at <www//>.

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