Sophisticated Ladies

Learning about Jazz Through the work of Duke Ellington

“Doo, be, shoo, bop, ooh, dee, doo, sha-bam!” Katonah Elementary School’s students learned about jazz great Duke Ellington in an up close, live performance on the school’s stage.

Sophisticated Ladies, a musical review featuring Ellington’s most popular songs including “Take the A Train” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” was an exciting capstone to Black History Month. 

"The performance, generously funded by the PTO, was many students’ introduction to jazz,” said Principal Cristy Harris. “It was an immersive and memorable way to celebrate African American achievements.”