Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington
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A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century—and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. The grandson of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world’s most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style. He wrote some fifteen hundred compositions, many of which, like “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated….

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Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington

Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington
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One of the twentieth century’s greatest composers, Duke Ellington (1899–1974) led a fascinating life. Beyond Category, the first biography to draw on the vast Duke Ellington archives at the Smithsonian Institution, recounts his remarkable career: his childhood in Washington, D.C., and his musical apprenticeship in Harlem; his long engagement at the Cotton Club; the challenging years of the depression; his tours to Europe and into America’s deep South, where he helped lower racial barriers; the postwar years when television and bebop threatened to eclipse the big bands; Ellington’s own triumphant comeback at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival; his collaborations with….

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Celebrating The Duke: And Louis, Bessie, Billie, Bird, Carmen, Miles, Dizzy And Other Heroes

Celebrating The Duke: And Louis, Bessie, Billie, Bird, Carmen, Miles, Dizzy And Other Heroes
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Celebrating the Duke offers readers a perceptive, panoramic survey of jazz as revealed, in illuminating detail, through the lives and music of its heroes and heroines, including Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Albert Ayler, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and a rich cache of writings on “America’s greatest composer,” the Duke himself.