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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Backstory in Blue: Ellington at Newport '56

Backstory in Blue: Ellington at Newport '56
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It may be that the song most baby boomers identify from July 1956 is a simple twelve-bar blues, hyped on national television by a twenty-one-year-old Elvis Presley and his handlers. But it is a very different song, with its elongated fourteen-bar choruses of rhythm and dissonance, played on the night of July 7, 1956, by a fifty-seven-year-old Duke Ellington and his big band that got everybody on their feet and moving as one. More than fifty years later, “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue,” recorded at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, still makes a profound statement about postwar America—how we got….

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The Ellington Century

The Ellington Century
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Breaking down walls between genres that are usually discussed separately—classical, jazz, and popular—this highly engaging book offers a compelling new integrated view of twentieth-century music. Placing Duke Ellington (1899–1974) at the center of the story, David Schiff explores music written during the composer’s lifetime in terms of broad ideas such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. He shows how composers and performers across genres shared the common pursuit of representing the rapidly changing conditions of modern life. The Ellington Century demonstrates how Duke Ellington’s music is as vital to musical modernism as anything by Stravinsky, more influential than anything by Schoenberg,….

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Vol. 12, Music Of Duke Ellington (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-Long)

Vol. 12, Music Of Duke Ellington (Book & CD Set) (Play-a-long)
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Intermediate. Some of the most famous jazz standards in the world from rich, lush ballads to crisp and light swing tunes that every jobbing musician should know. An inspiring way to practice. A great gift for any musician wanting to learn standards, or who plays just for fun! Duke Ellington has probably single-handedly influenced more music and musicians than any other jazz legend.Rhythm Section: Kenny Barron (p); Ron Carter (b); Ben Riley (d). Includes: Satin Doll, Perdido, Take The ‘A’ Train, Solitude, Mood Indigo, I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart, Sophisticated Lady, Prelude To A Kiss, In….

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Vol. 12, Music of Duke Ellington (Book & CD Set)

Vol. 12, Music of Duke Ellington (Book & CD Set)
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Intermediate. Some of the most famous jazz standards in the world from rich, lush ballads to crisp and light swing tunes that every jobbing musician should know. An inspiring way to practice. A great gift for any musician wanting to learn standards, or who plays just for fun! Duke Ellington has probably single-handedly influenced more music and musicians than any other jazz legend.Rhythm Section: Kenny Barron (p); Ron Carter (b); Ben Riley (d). Includes: Satin Doll, Perdido, Take The ‘A’ Train, Solitude, Mood Indigo, I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart, Sophisticated Lady, Prelude To A Kiss, In….

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The World Of Duke Ellington

The World Of Duke Ellington
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“The ultimate in art is self-expression, not escape.”-Duke Ellington In this fascinating portrait of one of America’s greatest musical legends, longtime friend and jazz historian Stanley Dance recounts the life of the incomparable Duke Ellington in his own words and in the words of the artists who played along with him: longtime co-composer Billy Strayhorn, saxophonists Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster, trumpeters Cootie Williams and Clark Terry, drummer Sonny Greer, vocalist Alice Babs, and organist Wild Bill Davis, among many others. There are also first-hand accounts of Ellington’s world tours, performances in churches and the White House, interviews and public….

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Play the Duke: 11 Ellington Jazz Classics for Violin

Play the Duke: 11 Ellington Jazz Classics for Violin
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Features 11 classics from Duke Ellington’s stellar career: Caravan * Don’t Get Around Much Anymore * I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good * I’m Beginning to See the Light * In a Sentimental Mood * It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) * Mood Indigo * Satin Doll * Solitude * Sophisticated Lady * Take the “A” Train.