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On the evening of April 29, 1969, President Nixon awarded the Medal of Freedom to Duke Ellington--the first time in U.S. history anyone in jazz had been so honored. To pay tribute to the maestro, a stunning array of jazz greats (among them Dave Brubeck, Jim Hall, J.J. Johnson, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry) assembled in the East Room of the White House (another first) an ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by IM Press
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Matt
I love jazz, and am a big fan of Duke Ellington, so I was very lucky to win this book in the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Nixon and Ellington seem an unlikely combination, but this book shows how diplomatic the latter was; he really was friends with everyone. Edward Allan Faine did his research for sure, and every detail you can think of is included at least once somewhere in the book. As a result, there are several appendices and notes, though of much more interest are the photographs from t ...more
Kim Murphy
Most of my research has been during the Civil War era, so you can imagine my surprise when I was completely drawn in by Ellington at the White House. Even though the book takes place just before I got into music myself, Mr. Faine's research is fantastic and his love for the topic echoed throughout. To top it off, the many superb photos bring the night of Duke's highest achievement to life. If you love jazz, Ellington at the White House is an absolute must for your bookshelf!
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Edward has been a jazz fan since his early teen years in Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent an inordinate amount of time in listening booths at the back of downtown record shops. (He occasionally bought an LP to keep the proprietors happy.)

After a three-year stint in the army, he attended Ohio State University and the University of Buffalo. Upon graduating with a master’s in electrical engineering, h
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