Through his concert presentations, commentaries and CD series, Rob Kapilow helps listeners understand “what makes great music great”. In the first part of each program, he explores a piece of music thoroughly to understand why it is so extraordinary. Then in the second part, the music is heard performed in its entirety, hopefully with a totally new perspective. In this program, Kapilow explores 5 Duke Ellington compositions spanning his legendary career. Then the music is performed by the NY-Big Band, the Kyle Athayde Dance Party. After the program there will be an opportunity to participate in a reception and mingle with the artists.