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Duke

A Life Of Duke Ellington

By Terry author Teachout

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 Lady,” remain beloved standards, and he sought inspiration in an endless string of transient lovers, concealing his inner self behind a smiling mask of flowery language and ironic charm.



As the biographer of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout is uniquely qualified to tell the story of the public and private lives of Duke Ellington. Duke peels away countless layers of Ellington’s evasion and public deception to tell the unvarnished truth about the creative genius who inspired Miles Davis to say, “All the musicians should get together one certain day and get down on their knees and thank Duke.”

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2013

ISBN

9781592407491


Format: Book
Author: Teachout, Terry author
Summary: An account of the public and private lives of the eminent jazz artist covers his slave heritage, the musical talent that inspired some 1,700 compositions, and his relationships with numerous lovers.
Title: Duke : a life of Duke Ellington / Terry Teachout.
Publisher Date: New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2013]
Subject: Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974. Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography
Isbn: 9781592407491 (hbk.) 1592407498 (hbk.)
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Call Number: B Ellington
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Bib Id: 456094

Format: Book
Author: Teachout, Terry author.
Summary: An account of the public and private lives of the eminent jazz artist covers his slave heritage, the musical talent that inspired some 1,700 compositions, and his relationships with numerous lovers.
Title: Duke : a life of Duke Ellington / Terry Teachout.
Publisher, Date: New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2013]
Description: 483 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974.
Subjects: Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography
Other Title: Life of Duke Ellington
Notes: Color illustrations on lining papers.
Notes: Includes discography (pages 365-368), bibliographical references (pages 369-464), and index.
Contents: "I want to tell America" -- "I just couldn't be shackled" : fortunate son, 1899-1917 -- "Soft and gut-bucket" : becoming a professional, 1917-1926 -- "Only my own music" : with Irving Mills, 1926-1927 -- "The utmost significance" : at the Cotton Club, 1927-1929 -- "I better scratch out something" : becoming a genius, 1929-1930 -- "A higher plateau" : becoming a star, 1931-1933 -- "The way the President travels" : on the road, 1933-1936 -- "Swing is stagnant" : diminuendo in blue, 1939-1939 -- "The eyes in the back of my head" : with Billy Strayhorn, 1938-1939 -- "The sea of expectancy" : the Blanton-Webster band, 1939-1940 -- "A message for the world" : jump for joy, 1941-1942 -- "I don't write jazz" : Carnegie Hall, 1942-1946 -- "More a business than an art" : into the wilderness, 1946-1955 -- "I was born in 1956" : crescendo in blue, 1955-1950 -- "Fate's being kind to me" : apotheosis, 1960-1967 -- "That big yawning void" : alone in a crowd, 1967-1974 -- Appendix. Fifty key recordings by Duke Ellington.
LCCN: 2013011138
ISBN: 9781592407491 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1592407498 (hbk.)
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Call Number: B Ellington