Beyond Category : The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington (Paperback)

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Unlike other great bandleaders, Ellington personally created nearly all the music played by his orchestra. Using family papers, sheet music, and original recordings, Hasse provides a complete portrait of Ellington's great achievements. 119 photos. Tie-in with the October 1993 Duke Ellington Photographic Exhibition at the Museum of New York.

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Publisher Perseus Books Group
Mfg Part# 9780306806148
SKU 30040848
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0306806142
Release Date 4/10/2007
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"This book covers Duke Ellington's 50-year career. Ellington's a man who was able to follow his vision. I get inspiration from that in terms of how I want to run my life and my business. I was at Microsoft for about eight years and decided I wanted to follow something I was passionate about -- music. I remember reading this book and saying, 'This is what I want to do with my life.'"
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Editors Note Unlike other great bandleaders, Ellington personally created nearly all the music played by his orchestra. Using family papers, sheet music, and original recordings, Hasse provides a complete portrait of Ellington's great achievements. 119 photos. Tie-in with the October 1993 Duke Ellington Photographic Exhibition at the Museum of New York.
Editors Note 1 One of the twentieth century's greatest composers, Duke Ellington (1899?1974) led a fascinating life. Beyond Category, the first biography to draw on the vast Duke Ellington archives at the Smithsonian Institution, recounts his remarkable career: his childhood in Washington, D.C., and his musical apprenticeship in Harlem; his long engagement at the Cotton Club; the challenging years of the depression; his tours to Europe and into America's deep South, where he helped lower racial barriers; the postwar years when television and bebop threatened to eclipse the big bands; Ellington's own triumphant comeback at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival; his collaborations with Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges, and Ella Fitzgerald; as well as five decades of hits and masterpieces that constantly broke new ground.The art of Duke Ellington was a musical expression of the African-American experience, in all its pain, pride, and glory. He composed his music as he composed his life?with flair, passion, and individuality?and no book reveals the man and his artistic evolution more brilliantly than Beyond Category.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0480
Publisher Da Capo Press
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