Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington by John Edward HasseBeyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington by John Edward Hasse

Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington

byJohn Edward Hasse

Paperback | March 22, 1995

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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 × 6 × 1.18 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.18 inPublished:March 22, 1995Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0306806142

ISBN - 13:9780306806148


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ellington, Always Beyond Category One of the best Ellington books I've read, and I've read a lot! This is an outstanding portrait of one the of most outstanding artists of the 20th century. If you're interested in Ellington, jazz, Americana, or just 20th century culture, this book is a must.
Date published: 2017-02-20

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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.