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Duke : a life of Duke Ellington

Author: Terry Teachout
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Duke Ellington; Duke Ellington; Duke Ellington
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Teachout
ISBN: 9781592407491 1592407498
OCLC Number: 833147192
Description: 483 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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, 1936-1939 --
"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, 1955-1960 --
"Fate's being kind to me" : apotheosis, 1960-1967 --
"That big yawning void" : alone in a crowd, 1967-1974 --
Afterword --
Appendix. Fifty key recordings by Duke Ellington.
Responsibility: Terry Teachout.

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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.

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