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Terry Teachout's Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong won accolades; now this seasoned journalist/bassist sets his research sights on another iconic jazz figure. Composer/bandleader/pianist "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974) enjoyed an audience far beyond local club venues. He appeared in scores of movies and numerous television shows. The grandson of a slave and the son of a butler, he carved his place first as a musician near the center of the Harlem Renaissance and then as an apparently tireless performer and songwriter. (He composed more than 1,500 songs.) Teachout's Duke reveals the man behind "Mood Indigo" as a sly, taciturn man who guarded his secrets well. Obviously a labor of love, this 480-page biography sheds new light on one of the most important figures in the history of American music.