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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.