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Duke Ellington: Bandleader and Composer: Black Americans of Achievement
Duke Ellington
 
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By Ron Frankl
Year: 1988
Pages: 110
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 1555465846

Product Code: 143795667X

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Duke Ellington used his talents as both a bandleader and a composer to elevate jazz into a serious art form. Born in 1899, Ellington received very little formal musical training. Yet he made himself into an accomplished professional pianist by the time he graduated from high school. At the age of 28, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra began a successful engagement at Harlem’s celebrated Cotton Club. Making nationwide radio broadcasts from the club and recording hit songs such as “Mood Indigo” and “Take the A Train,” the band became the first black musicians to play Carnegie Hall and performed around the world for nearly half a century. Ellington wrote more than 2,000 compositions, incl. “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Satin Doll,” and “Sophisticated Lady.” Illus.

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