WATCH: CCM's Essentially Ellington Gala concert available online

Enjoy the digital performance and join us for the Jazz Orchestra's next concert in-person Sept. 19.

UC College-Conservatory of Music's virtual performance of the Essentially Ellington Gala concert is now available for on-demand viewing. The performance features the CCM Jazz Orchestra performing Duke Ellington's Rockabye River, Launching Pad, Diminuendo/Crescendo in Blue and more swinging hits by legendary jazz artists.

CCM Professor and Director of Jazz Studies Scott Belck is the music director and conductor of the performance. See below for complete program details and information for the digital concert, which was originally broadcast on August 25, 2021.

All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online can be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

CCM’s Essentially Ellington Gala was recorded live in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on April 18, 2021. Performances observed all of the COVID Careful protocols that were required at the time of recording. Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

CCM welcomes audiences back to our events

Join us for the CCM Jazz Orchestra's opening performance at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Corbett Auditorium. Featuring Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Chip McNeill and the music of Michael Becker and Jaco Pastorius. Buy tickets online.

View CCM's lineup of ticketed September and October performances.

Essentially Ellington Gala Streaming Premiere

7:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Performance Details

Essentially Ellington Gala (recorded on Sunday, April 18, 2021) 
Featuring the CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, music director and conductor


Billy Byers

Rockabye River 
Duke Ellington

Hot Lips
Henry Busse, Henry Lange and Lou Davis, arr. Benny Carter

Lindy Hopper’s Delight
Eddie Barefield and Teddy McRae

Sorcery (a.k.a. Sassy)
Billy Byers

Moten Swing
Buster and Benny Moten, arr. Ernie Wilkins

Stairway to the Stars
Matty Malneck, Frank Signorelli and Mitchell Parish, arr. Vaughan F. Wiester

Launching Pad
Duke Ellington and Clark Terry

New Orleans Suite IV – “Thanks for the Beautiful Land on the Delta”
Duke Ellington

Blue Cellophane
Duke Ellington

Diminuendo/Crescendo in Blue
Duke Ellington

CCM Jazz Orchestra


Ricky Roshell, lead alto 
Mathew Wallenhorst, alto 
Christian Paradiso, tenor 
Lee Sullivan, tenor 
Tyler Remagen, baritone


Brent Proseus, lead 
Taylor Yarborough 
Jack Phillips 
Myles Twitty


Anthony Bryson 
Ian Elick 
Wade Goodwin, bass

Rhythm Section

Chris Caporale, piano 
Mason Daugherty, bass 
Derek Johnson, drums

Graduate Assistants

Anthony Bryson 
Ben Crowder 
Mason Daugherty 
Ian Elick 
Brent Proseus 
Tyler Remagen 
Ricky Roshell

Video Production 
MasseyGreenAVP, llc 
Director: John Massey 
Producer: Matt Green

Camera Operators 
John Tapogna 
Glenn Hartong 
Matt Green 
John Massey

Editor/Assistant Producer 
Austin Maynard

Production Assistant 
Derek Sims

Audio Engineers 
Simón Sotelo, Director of Recording Production and Adjunct Instructor of Digital Audio 
Matthew Tibbs, Assistant Professor of Sound Design 
Mixer: Joel Crawford (
Monitor Mix: Alex Brock 
Audio Technician: Aaron Harris Woodstein

Senior Director of Performance Operations 
Rayburn Dobson

CCMONSTAGE Online Series Concept Developed and Managed by 
Curt Whitacre

CCM Digital Content Team 
Kenneth D. Allen 
Clarence M. Brown 
Kevin Burke 
Rebecca Butts 
Rayburn Dobson 
Mikki Graff 
Melissa Neeley-Nicolini 
Jeanne Rose 
Simón Sotelo 
Stephanie Temeles 
Curt Whitacre

CCM Dean | Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music 
Stanley E. Romanstein, PhD

UC Alumni Association Executive Director 
Jennifer L. Heisey

UC Foundation President 
Peter E. Landgren

UC President 
Neville G. Pinto, PhD

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Patricia Kisker Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsors

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Sponsor
All-Steinway School Sponsor

H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor

CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts
ArtsWave: Funding Arts, Fueling Community
CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Broadcast Sponsors

Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer
CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Production Sponsors

Elizabeth C.B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld
Musical Theatre Showcase Sponsor

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

An Anonymous Donor
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Elizabeth C.B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors

Robert & Debra Chavez
Three Arts Scholarship Fund
CCMpower Partners

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. James L. Miller
Musical Theatre Production Sponsor

Graeter’s Ice Cream
Greg Mathein
Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors

Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors

CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts
Richard E. Thornburgh
Jeff Thomas Catering
Trish and Rick Bryan
The Harmony Endowment Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice Through the Performing Arts
The Castleberry Family
Paula Boggs Muething and Brian Muething
Sandra and Stephen Joffe
Patti Myers and Alan Flaherty
Graeter’s Ice Cream
Al. Neyer
Taft Law
Truepoint Wealth Counsel
Kenton Shaw Interior Design

Waldman & Company, CPAs
Event Sponsors

About the Series

CCMONSTAGE Online is a series of free digital concerts and performing arts presentations showcasing the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM's students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a teaser of our first four episodes:

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Featured image at the top: CCM Jazz Orchestra on stage during the Essentially Ellington Gala. Photo/MasseyGreenAVP

Additional Contacts

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