Music Biography


    A Life of Duke Ellington

    Terry Teachout

    Gotham 2013

    Hardback 483pp Illustrated 235x165mm

    9781592407491   Product Code: 19521

    Both of Edward Kennedy Ellington's parents were pianists but it was not until the teenage 'Duke' heard a ragtime piece in 1913 that he took the instrument seriously. By the 1920s he was in Harlem, New York, leading his own orchestra and on the path to worldwide fame. This biography assesses the life and artistic legacy of the most prolific and influential jazz composer of all time, drawing on private papers, scrapbooks, musical manuscripts and interviews.Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.

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