Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington

March 22, 1995|
Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington by John Edward Hasse
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"The analyses of both Ellington''s music and his enigmatic personality are delineated with rare insight."--Leonard Feather, author of The Encyclopedia of Jazz

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.

Foreword by Wynton Marsalis
Music historian, musician, award-winning author and record producer, John Edward Hasse has served as curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institution. He is the editor of Ragtime: Its History, Composers and Music, and coeditor of Discourse in Ethnomusicology.
Title:Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke EllingtonFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:480 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.18 inShipping dimensions:480 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.18 inPublished:March 22, 1995Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0306806142

ISBN - 13:9780306806148

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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