Music Is My Mistress

ISBN-10: 0306800330

ISBN-13: 9780306800337

Edition: N/A

Authors: Duke Ellington

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List price: $18.50
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/21/1976
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Jazz pianist, composer, and popular band leader, Edward Ellington was known as "Duke" to his contemporaries. His skill as a pianist and his popularity as a band leader are surpassed only by the impressive depth and quality of his work as a composer. Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington began to study the piano at the age of 7. He organized his first band, The Duke's Serenaders, at the age of 18. In 1923 Ellington moved to New York, where he and his band, The Washingtonians, performed at nightclubs in Harlem and at the Kentucky Club in downtown Manhattan. Capitalizing on the popularity of phonographic recordings, Ellington began to record his performances and reorganized the band as Ellington's Kentucky Club Orchestra. From 1927 through 1932, he and his band made frequent radio broadcasts. Soon, Ellington and jazz were synonymous. Many other musicians attempted to copy Ellington's musical style, which led to many instrumental innovations in the musical language of jazz. The range of Ellington's musical compositions is impressive. Many of his short compositions, including "Mood Indigo" (1930), "Solitude" (1933), and "Sophisticated Lady" (1933), remain popular staples of jazz instrumentalists everywhere. His longer works, such as Creole Rhapsody (1932), Black, Brown, and Beige (1943), a 50-minute work that told the story of African Americans, Liberian Suite (1947), Harlem Nights (1951), and Night Creatures (1955), include complex orchestration. These works helped shift jazz from the smoky confines of nightclubs to the sophisticated setting of the concert stage. In addition to performing in jazz festivals and concert tours in this country and around the world, Ellington appeared in several films and made many recordings.

The Road
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Mercer Ellington
Ruth Dorothea Ellington
Sidney Bechet
Fletcher Henderson
Otto Hardwick
Sonny Greer
Elmer Snowden
Arthur Whetsol
Juan Tizol
Jerry Rhea
Night Life
New York City
The Big Apple
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Willie "The Lion" Smith
James P. Johnson
Don Redman
Will Marion Cook
Will Vodery
Charles Shribman
Chick Webb
Count Basie
Lonnie Johnson
Maceo Pinkard
Paul Whiteman
Luckeyeth Roberts
George Gershwin
Bubber Miley
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton
Freddy Guy
Harry Carney
Barney Bigard and Wellman Braud
Johnny Hodges
Cootie Williams
Freddy Jenkins
Lawrence Brown
Ivie Anderson
Rex Stewart
Richard Bowden Jones
The City of Jazz
Formative Years Adjusted
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Billy Strayhorn
Ray Nance
Ben Webster
Ben Webster
Jimmy Blanton
Herb Jeffries
Lena Horne
Mary Lou Williams
Art Tatum
Charlie Barnet
Mrs. Fitzpatrick White
Jump for Joy Extension
Doctors and Surgeons
I Miss
What Is Music?
I Really Never Miss
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Cat Anderson
Joya Sherrill
Kay Davis
Marie Ellington
Jimmy Hamilton
Paul Gonsalves
Shorty Baker
Russell Procope
Betty Roche
Al Hibbler
Wini Brown
Louis Bellson
Jimmy Woode
Sam Woodyard
Jimmy Grissom
John Sanders
Willie Cook
Clark Terry
Ernie Shepard
Joe Turner
Jimmy Rushing
Stepin Fetchit
Jimmy Jones
Louis Armstrong and Joe Glaser
Ella Fitzgerald and Norman Granz
Frank Sinatra
Orson Welles
Jo Jones
Joe Williams
Charles Mingus
Dizzy Gillespie, Miles, and 'Trane
Frank Holzfeind
Irving Townsend
George Wein
Jimmy Lyons
Timme Rosenkranz
Tony Bennett
Coleman Hawkins
Billy Eckstine
Mahalia Jackson
Seeing God
The Sacred Concerts
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Brock Peters
Alice Babs
Tony Watkins
Tom Whaley
San Francisco
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The Taste Buds
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Rufus Jones
Elma Lewis
Herbie Jones
Harold Ashby
Wild Bill Davis
Bob Udkoff
James Latimer
Music and the Future
What's Happening?
Jazz for Young People
At the White House
Public Relations
Music and the Primeval
Retire to What?
Pedestrian Minstrel
The Mirrored Self
The Singers
Arrangers and Lyricists
The Symphony Orchestras
Band Boys and Barbers
Honors and Awards
Selected Discography
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