The Life and Times of Duke Ellington (Masters of Music: The World's Greatest Composers Series)

The Life and Times of Duke Ellington (Masters of Music: The World's Greatest Composers Series)

by John Bankston

Hardcover(Library Binding - Library Edition)



More than any other musician in the early twentieth century, Duke Ellington brought jazz into nightclubs and later into the living rooms of America. The music he played sprang in part from the blues and gospel rhythms of the plantation slaves living in the mid-nineteenth century, infused with the sounds of ragtime from the turn of the century. Jazz has been called the first musical form created in the United States. It was a type of sharp improvisation for which band members played anything they wanted along a chosen key or set of chords, so every night the music was different. Duke led with his piano playing, but he allowed various other members of his band to shine, too.
Embracing new technologies such as radio receivers and record players, Duke Ellington was an early pop star.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584152484
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Series: Masters of Music: The World's Greatest Composers Series
Edition description: Library Edition
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 6.78(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Piano, Man7
FYInfo: Records and Radios9
Chapter 2
A Royal Childhood11
FYInfo: The Summer of Fear17
Chapter 3
Leader of the Band19
FYInfo: Langston Hughes25
Chapter 4
Duke of Harlem27
FYInfo: "That Swing"33
Chapter 5
Summering in Newport35
FYInfo: The Polio Vaccine43
Selected Works44
Timeline in History45
Chapter Notes46
Further Reading46
Works Consulted47

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