A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis ArmstrongEdward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century—and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. The grandson of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world’s most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as co...
By Terry Teachout
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Avery; 1st edition (October 17, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
Amazon Rank: 721825
Format: PDF Text TXT book
This is a good, highly readable book about Ellington the man, but Terry Teachout so often tries to be more realistic about Ellington's musical output that denigrating his gifts practically becomes a theme. I'm not saying Ellington (or any other musi