An acoustic jazz trio performing

I formed the Ellington Project to play my arrangements of Duke Ellington's music in the context of an acoustic trio. Besides myself on acoustic guitar, the group consists of cello and viola. The goal is to produce exciting music with a beautiful sound, and to keep the spirit of Duke Ellington alive.

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Music Samples

Leo Cavanagh and the Ellington Project play music spanning Duke Ellington's long and varied career. Below are a few samples.

Ko-Ko is from the 1920s and is one of the compositions that first caught the ears of classical music critics.

I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart was written in 1937 and later became the theme of Ken Burns' acclaimed documentary, Jazz.

For more information about the CD and a complete track list, go to About the CD. Samples of all 16 tracks may be heard at,, and iTunes, where they may also be purchased.

Rain Check was composed by Ellington's writing partner, Billy Strayhorn and was a staple of the 1940s band.

C Jam Blues shows that a piece doesn't have to be complicated to be good.

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