Since 1985, The Duke
Ellington Society Southern California has promoted and presented the music of Edward Kennedy
"Duke" Ellington for his fans and scholars of his music in the
greater Los Angeles area. Regularly scheduled meetings, 10 times per year, feature presentations of scholarship, showings of rare films, or performances
of Ellington's music by contemporary jazz artists. Presenters have included
some of the best known scholars of Ellington's life and music. Musicians have
included former members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra as well as leading jazz
musicians from the greater Los Angeles area.
On two occasions (1991 and 2000), DES SOCAL has hosted multi-day international study conferences featuring world-renowned jazz scholars and musicians.
Twice a year celebrations with live Jazz and shared buffet are held: one in December and one in April as a celebration of Duke's birthday. At these events, members who contribute to the potluck are free. All others attending are asked to donate $10.00
At the meetings held the other 8 months, a donation is requested of $5.00 per member and $8.00 for non-member guest.
Meetings are generally held the third Saturday of each month at 2:00pm