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World of Duke Ellington

By Stanley Dance, Duke Ellington (Foreword by)

Publisher: Da Capo Press, January 2001
ISBN: 9780306810152
MY HERO recommends this book to adult readers.
"The ultimate in art is self-expression, not escape."-Duke Ellington in this fascinating portrait of one of America''s greatest musical legends, longtime friend and jazz historian Stanley Dance recounts the life of the incomparable Duke Ellington in his own words and in the words of the artists who played along with him: longtime co-composer Billy Strayhorn, saxophonists Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster, trumpeters Cootie Williams and Clark Terry, drummer Sonny Greer, vocalist Alice Babs, and organist Wild Bill Davis, among many others. There are also first-hand accounts of Ellington''s world tours, performances in churches and the White House, interviews and public appearances, and a complete discography and chronology. The result is a timeless chronicle of the long and extraordinary career of a music master."The truest and most intimate portrait of the great Ellington that we have."-Whitney Balliett
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