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