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Preview — Duke Ellington's America by Harvey G. Cohen
Duke Ellington's America
Few American artists in any medium have enjoyed the international and lasting cultural impact of Duke Ellington. From jazz standards such as “Mood Indigo” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” to his longer, more orchestral suites, to his leadership of the stellar big band he toured and performed with for decades after most big bands folded, Ellington represented a singula...more
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(Duke Ellington’s America)
It's extremely difficult to describe his personality, he was not only a musician, he was an artist, a genius listening to his notes equals to a journey towards the African - American history.
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born on April 29 1899 in the US's capital city Washington DC.
The Duke grew up in a middle-class family with an high cultural level and his inclination was supported by his loved mother Daisy Kennedy Ellin ...more
Ellington built a truly peerless career spanning fifty years, self-consciously establishing himself as not just a great jazz composer or African-American musician, but as a giant of American arts. He not only sustained a successful career for all those years, but managed to support a stellar orchestra long after the swing era gave way to smaller combos, and (partly because of that stella ...more
I found the discussions of how Ellington led by example, composition, and performance to quietly inspire elements of the African American community in the civil rights movement to be incredibly interesting and illuminating ...more