In the history of music, Duke Ellington stands alone. During a career that spanned over half a century he wrote more than a thousand compositions, toured the world with his orchestra ceaselessly, and became one of the most influential musicians in jazz. Hundreds of his melodies have become standards, from the haunting "Mood Indigo" to the playful "Satin Doll." Now, on the centennial of his birth, Duke Ellington celebrates the life of the greatest composer, arranger, and bandleader that jazz has ever known.
- A foreword by acclaimed pianist and Duke Ellington scholar, Dr. Billy Taylor
- An insightful narrative by a top jazz writer captures the musical genius of Duke Ellington
- The legendary musicians who worked with Ellington are presented, including Cootie Williams, Ben Webster, and Johnny Hodges
- Gorgeous photographs chronicle Ellington's life, from his early years at Harlem's famous Cotton Club to his triumphant seventieth Birthday Concert in England