by John Edward Hasse
published by Simon and Schuster
© 1993 by John Edward Hasse
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From Publishers Weekly
"He captured the sounds of trains, planes, babies, and lions and
tigers and bears with his orchestra," says trumpeter Marsalis in
his poetic tribute to the great jazz composer and performer, Edward
Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974). Hasse, curator of American
music at the Smithsonian Institution and of a traveling exhibition called
Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington, is similarly
comprehensive in cataloging the minutiae--meaningful and otherwise--of
Ellington's illustrious life and career. Drawing on previously untapped
documents made available by Mercer Ellington's donation of his father's
archives to the National Museum of American History, Hasse traces the
Duke's development from his childhood in Washington, D.C., to New York
City's Cotton Club to a career that took him on a seemingly endless
tour through North America, Europe and the Near East playing with the
likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and John Coltrane.
To help those who want to hear the achievement, Hasse ends each chapter
with the "Essential Ellington" recordings for the years covered
in that chapter. Accompanied by 119 photographs from the Ellington archives,
Hasse has written a delightful and finely detailed biography of an American
legend at work.
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