Though an American, Cedric Liqueur’s former membership in London’s Royal Shakespeare Company was likely just the thing this independent actor and playwright needed for his most melodic one-man play. Perhaps it gave him the proper touch of savoir-faire needed to portray one of American music’s most regal characters.

Edward Kennedy Ellington was better known to most as “Duke” and he dominated American music throughout the early and mid-20th century, winning the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But his lively and vivacious character was as much a part of Ellington as his music.

Not a concert, it instead brings Ellington’s personality to the fore, letting the audience drink in his reflections and anecdotes, giving the impression of spending time in the intimate company of this tremendously vital artist. It was penned with the cooperation of the Ellington estate.

The show was also developed in part as a child-centered, music appreciation activity for visually impaired, hearing impaired, special needs and unimpaired elementary and school-age children. To that end, it was written in collaboration with De la Bat School for the Deaf in Worchester, South Africa, and Childvision Education Center for Blind Children located in Dublin, Ireland.

This program is locally sponsored by the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) and the Mobile Public Library and nationally sponsored by Crosley Radio. A meet-and-greet artist reception follows the presentation.

Admission is free. For more information, call 208-7097.


“Rocks In My Bed: Duke Ellington and His Music”
Where: Bernheim Hall, Ben May Public Library, 701 Government St.
When: Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.