The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:0698138589

Total Pages:496

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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 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. A semi-finalist for the National Book Award, 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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Who Was Duke Ellington?

Author:M. D. Payne,Who HQ

Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:0399539646

Total Pages:112

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How did a working-class young man from Washington, DC, turn the music world on its head and become the "Master Of Jazz"? Find out in this addition to the Who HQ library! A pivotal fixture of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington was the bandleader of the historic Cotton Club and a master composer -- writing close to 3,000 songs in his lifetime and capturing the spirit of the Black experience in the Unites States. Over a 50-year career, Ellington became one of the biggest names in jazz as we know it. He went on to win 13 Grammys, a Pulitzer, and receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. Who Was Duke Ellington? follows the exciting, multifaceted journey of this musical genius and takes a look at what truly makes Ellington an artist "beyond category."

Duke Ellington

Author:Stephanie Stein Crease

Publisher:Chicago Review Press

ISBN:1556527241

Total Pages:148

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Presents the life and accomplishments of Duke Ellington, focusing on the social aspects of his music and career as well as his personal life.

Duke Ellington and His World

Author:A. H. Lawrence

Publisher:Routledge

ISBN:1135880611

Total Pages:542

Viewed:808

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Based on lengthy interviews with Ellington's bandmates, family, and friends, Duke Ellington and His World offers a fresh look at this legendary composer. The first biography of the composer written by a fellow musician and African-American, the book traces Ellington's life and career in terms of the social, cultural, political, and economic realities of his times. Beginning with his birth in Washington, DC, through his first bands and work at the legendary Cotton Club, to his final great extended compositions, this book gives a thorough introduction to Ellington's music and how it was made. It also illuminates his personal life because, for Ellington, music was his life and his life was a constant inspiration for music.

The Life and Times of Duke Ellington

Author:John Bankston

Publisher:Mitchell Lane

ISBN:1545748799

Total Pages:48

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More than any other musician in the early twentieth century, Duke Ellington brought jazz into nightclubs and later into the living rooms of America. The music he played sprang in part from the blues and gospel rhythms of the plantation slaves living in the mid-nineteenth century, infused with the sounds of ragtime from the turn of the century. Jazz has been called the first musical form created in the United States. It was a type of sharp improvisation for which band members played anything they wanted along a chosen key or set of chords, so every night the music was different. Duke led with his piano playing, but he allowed various other members of his band to shine, too. Embracing new technologies such as radio receivers and record players, Duke Ellington was an early pop star.

Duke Ellington's America

Author:Harvey G. Cohen

Publisher:University of Chicago Press

ISBN:0226112659

Total Pages:704

Viewed:369

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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 singular, pathbreaking force in music over the course of a half-century. At the same time, as one of the most prominent black public figures in history, Ellington demonstrated leadership on questions of civil rights, equality, and America’s role in the world. With Duke Ellington’s America, Harvey G. Cohen paints a vivid picture of Ellington’s life and times, taking him from his youth in the black middle class enclave of Washington, D.C., to the heights of worldwide acclaim. Mining extensive archives, many never before available, plus new interviews with Ellington’s friends, family, band members, and business associates, Cohen illuminates his constantly evolving approach to composition, performance, and the music business—as well as issues of race, equality and religion. Ellington’s own voice, meanwhile, animates the book throughout, giving Duke Ellington’s America an intimacy and immediacy unmatched by any previous account. By far the most thorough and nuanced portrait yet of this towering figure, Duke Ellington’s America highlights Ellington’s importance as a figure in American history as well as in American music.

Duke Ellington

Author:Rebecca Carey Rohan

Publisher:Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN:1502610612

Total Pages:128

Viewed:710

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Duke Ellington’s masterful big bands left a permanent impression on the nation, and his name is one of the most honored in jazz. Learn about this Harlem Renaissance artist's life as well as his impact on American culture.

Duke EllingtonÕs Music for the Theatre

Author:John Franceschina

Publisher:McFarland

ISBN:9780786450268

Total Pages:256

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Duke Ellington’s son Mercer has said that his father was frustrated in only one area of musical ambition: his desire to do his own Broadway show. Though Ellington wrote many theatrical pieces, he was never able to achieve success as a composer for the stage, and today his stage shows receive little attention from music historians. Nevertheless, these works occupied a significant place in Ellington’s creative imagination, and many of the ideas he employed in their composition found their way into his other work. Here is the first book to acknowledge Duke Ellington’s contribution to the stage. It offers a survey of every theater piece Ellington is known to have worked on during his lifetime, beginning with the 1925 revue The Chocolate Kiddies and ending with the unfinished “street opera” Queenie Pie. This large body of work includes full-length musicals, African American revues, ballets, and incidental music. The plot of each work is described and the score analyzed according to its dramatic function in the piece. Musical phrases are reproduced in the text, and associations with other well-known Ellington compositions are noted. An appendix provides a chronological listing of Ellington’s shows with song titles conveniently listed under each.

Duke

Author:Bill Gutman

Publisher:Open Road Media

ISBN:1497625068

Total Pages:130

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Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was one of jazz’s greatest innovators. Join Bill Gutman as he explores the fascinating life of this legend from his birth at the turn of the century to his death at the age of seventy‐five. Interviewing Duke’s friends, fans, and fellow musicians, Gutman documents the progress of a man who dedicated his life to crafting the ever‐changing sound of jazz. Gutman plunges into the history of jazz from its origin in the honky‐tonk sounds of the Ragtime Era to the forms that are widely enjoyed today. Jazz has evolved through the years to become one of the most popular forms of music, with Duke Ellington as chief composer, artist, and perfomer. Gutman’s account of Ellington’s life as it parallels the history of jazz provides a fascinating history for both jazz veterans and those new to the art form.

Duke Ellington: 16 Jazz Classics Arranged for Easy Piano by Phillip Keveren

Author:Phillip Keveren

Publisher:Hal Leonard

ISBN:1705131840

Total Pages:48

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(Easy Piano Personality). Phillip Keveren brings his masterful touch to 16 classics from the Duke for easy piano, including: Caravan * Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * In a Sentimental Mood * It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) * Mood Indigo * Satin Doll * Take the "A" Train * and more.

Duke Ellington's America

Author:Harvey G. Cohen

Publisher:University of Chicago Press

ISBN:0226112659

Total Pages:704

Viewed:442

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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 singular, pathbreaking force in music over the course of a half-century. At the same time, as one of the most prominent black public figures in history, Ellington demonstrated leadership on questions of civil rights, equality, and America’s role in the world. With Duke Ellington’s America, Harvey G. Cohen paints a vivid picture of Ellington’s life and times, taking him from his youth in the black middle class enclave of Washington, D.C., to the heights of worldwide acclaim. Mining extensive archives, many never before available, plus new interviews with Ellington’s friends, family, band members, and business associates, Cohen illuminates his constantly evolving approach to composition, performance, and the music business—as well as issues of race, equality and religion. Ellington’s own voice, meanwhile, animates the book throughout, giving Duke Ellington’s America an intimacy and immediacy unmatched by any previous account. By far the most thorough and nuanced portrait yet of this towering figure, Duke Ellington’s America highlights Ellington’s importance as a figure in American history as well as in American music.

Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis

Author:Aaron Lefkovitz

Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN:1498567525

Total Pages:228

Viewed:547

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This book examines Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis as distinctively global symbols of threatening and nonthreatening black masculinity. It centers them in debates over U.S. cultural exceptionalism, noting how they have been part of the definition of jazz as a jingoistic and exclusively American form of popular culture.

Duke Ellington for Strings

Author:William Zinn

Publisher:Alfred Music

ISBN:9781457461590

Total Pages:28

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This quality folio contains 16 of the best from America's premier jazz band composer, arranged for string quartet up to string orchestra. Great for recitals, concerts, receptions, parties, and encores. Contents: * Caravan * Creole Love Call * Day Dream * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me * I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart * I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) * I'm Just a Lucky So and So * In a Sentimental Mood * It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) * Mood Indigo * Satin Doll * Solitude * Sophisticated Lady * Prelude to a Kiss * Take the "A" Train.

Duke Ellington

Author:Carole Marsh

Publisher:Gallopade International

ISBN:9780635026750

Total Pages:12

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These popular readers include easy-to-read information, fun facts and trivia, humor, activities and a whole lot more. They are great for ages 7-12 (grades 2-6), because although simple, these readers have substance and really engage kids with their stories. They are great for social studies, meeting state and national curriculum standards, individual and group reading programs, centers, library programs, and have many other terrific educational uses.

Dvor?k to Duke Ellington

Author:Maurice Peress

Publisher:Oxford University Press

ISBN:9780195356953

Total Pages:264

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Drawing upon a remarkable mix of intensive research and the personal experience of a career devoted to the music about which Dvor?k so presciently spoke, Maurice Peress's lively and convincing narrative treats readers to a rare and delightful glimpse behind the scenes of the burgeoning American school of music and beyond. In Dvor?k to Duke Ellington, Peress begins by recounting the music's formative years: Dvor?k's three year residency as Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York (1892-1895), and his students, in particular Will Marion Cook and Rubin Goldmark, who would in turn become the teachers of Ellington, Gershwin, and Copland. We follow Dvor?k to the famed Chicago World's Fair of 1893, where he directed a concert of his music for Bohemian Honor Day. Peress brings to light the little known African American presence at the Fair: the piano professors, about-to-be-ragtimers; and the gifted young artists Paul Dunbar, Harry T. Burleigh, and Cook, who gathered at the Haitian Pavilion with its director, Frederick Douglass, to organize their own gala concert for Colored Persons Day. Peress, a distinguished conductor, is himself a part of this story; working with Duke Ellington on the Suite from Black, Brown and Beige and his "opera comique," Queenie Pie; conducting the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass; and reconstructing landmark American concerts at which George Antheil's Ballet Mecanique, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, James Reese Europe's Clef Club (the first all-black concert at Carnegie Hall), and Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige, were first presented. Concluding with an astounding look at Ellington and his music, Dvor?k to Duke Ellington offers an engrossing, elegant portrait of the Dvor?k legacy, America's music, and the inestimable African-American influence upon it.

Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis

Author:Aaron Lefkovitz

Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN:1498567525

Total Pages:228

Viewed:594

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Books Description:

This book examines Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis as distinctively global symbols of threatening and nonthreatening black masculinity. It centers them in debates over U.S. cultural exceptionalism, noting how they have been part of the definition of jazz as a jingoistic and exclusively American form of popular culture.

Duke Ellington for Jazz Guitar (Songbook)

Author:Duke Ellington

Publisher:Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN:1458496791

Total Pages:48

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(Guitar Collection). A cool solo guitar collection of 15 Ellington classics! The arrangements are based on the orchestral recordings, which results in melodic music with single-note lines and hip chord voicings that blend seamlessly. Includes the tunes: Don't Get Around Much Anymore * In a Sentimental Mood * It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) * Mood Indigo * Prelude to a Kiss * Satin Doll * Sophisticated Lady * Take the "A" Train * and more. Includes a bio of Duke by Dave Rubin.

Duke Ellington Anthology (Songbook)

Author:,

Publisher:Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN:1458452832

Total Pages:200

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(P/V/G Composer Collection). The most important composer in the history of jazz, the legendary Duke Ellington lead his band continuously for five decades. This collection features 52 of his most beloved songs, including: Caravan * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good * I'm Just a Lucky So and So * It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) * Mood Indigo * Perdido * Satin Doll * Solitude * Take the "A" Train * and more.

Duke Ellington: Jazz Piano

Author:Wise Publications,Billy Strayhorn

Publisher:Wise Publications

ISBN:1783235764

Total Pages:72

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Duke Ellington: Jazz Piano is an essential collection of jazz classics as originally performed by the masterful Duke Ellington Orchestra and newly arranged for piano. Song List: - Balcony Serenade - Caravan - Chelsea Bridge - Dancers In Love - Happy Go Lucky Local - I'm Beginning To See The Light - In A Mellow Tone - In A Sentimental Mood - Perdido - Prelude To A Kiss - Satin Doll - Solitude - Stomp, Look And Listen - Take The 'A' Train - The Blues - The Star Crossed Lovers - Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Help!: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration

Author:Thomas Brothers

Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN:0393246248

Total Pages:368

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The fascinating story of how creative cooperation inspired two of the world’s most celebrated musical acts. The Beatles and Duke Ellington’s Orchestra stand as the two greatest examples of collaboration in music history. Ellington’s forte was not melody—his key partners were not lyricists but his fellow musicians. His strength was in arranging, in elevating the role of a featured soloist, in selecting titles: in packaging compositions. He was also very good at taking credit when the credit wasn’t solely his, as in the case of Mood Indigo, though he was ultimately responsible for the orchestration of what Duke University musicologist Thomas Brothers calls "one of his finest achievements." If Ellington was often reluctant to publicly acknowledge how essential collaboration was to the Ellington sound, the relationship between Lennon and McCartney was fluid from the start. Lennon and McCartney "wrote for each other as primary audience." Lennon’s preference for simpler music meant that it begged for enhancement and McCartney was only too happy to oblige, and while McCartney expanded the Beatles’ musical range, Lennon did "the same thing with lyrics." Through his fascinating examination of these two musical legends, Brothers delivers a portrait of the creative process at work, demonstrating that the cooperative method at the foundation of these two artist-groups was the primary reason for their unmatched musical success. While clarifying the historical record of who wrote what, with whom, and how, Brothers brings the past to life with a lifetime of musical knowledge that reverberates through every page, and analyses of songs from Lennon and McCartney’s Strawberry Fields Forever to Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge. Help! describes in rich detail the music and mastery of two cultural leaders whose popularity has never dimmed, and the process of collaboration that allowed them to achieve an artistic vision greater than the sum of their parts.