Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) has often been called a genius and a number of fine biographies will illuminates the whys and where fors. Here’s a very short list:
(1) Duke Ellington’s autobiography Music Is My Mistress; (2) Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington by John Edward Hasse; (3) The World of Duke Ellington by Stanley Dance, and (4) for children, Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Pinkney and Brian Pinkney.

Take the “A” Train by Pete Petersen and the Collection Jazz Orchestra recording Playin in the Park.
Prelude To A Kiss on The Overwhelming Joe Williams.

Day Dream by Phil Kelly on My Museum.

Isfahan on Duke Ellington’s The Far East Suite.
Main Stem – Duke on At The Hurricane 1943 or on The Golden Years of Duke Ellington.

In A Sentimental Mood by Sarah Vaughan on
the The Best of Sarah Vaughan.
Mood Indigo – Dave Grusin on Homage to Duke.

Passion Flower – Johnny Hodges Passion Flower 1940-46.
Sophisticated Lady – Billy Eckstine on Love Songs.

Johnny Come Lately – Duke on Black Beauty or on C Jam Blues .
It Don’t Mean A Thing – Sarah Vaughan on The Ellington Songbook, vol 2 .
After All – Duke on Complete Standard Transcriptions.

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