Duke's Diary: Part II: The Life of Duke Ellington, 1950-1974 by Ken VailDuke's Diary: Part II: The Life of Duke Ellington, 1950-1974 by Ken Vail

Duke's Diary: Part II: The Life of Duke Ellington, 1950-1974

byKen Vail

Hardcover | September 27, 2002

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The two-volume Duke's Diary provides a fascinating insight into the life and times of one of the greatest figures in American music, the incomparable Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. Using contemporary photographs, newspaper reports, advertisements, reviews, and narrative, both volumes chronicle Duke's life, performances, and recording sessions. Volume II begins with Duke's return from his band's European tour in June of 1950 and concludes with his death in 1974. The Ellington Orchestra's complete itinerary, including all known club, concert, theatre, television, film, and jam session appearances are included, as well as a selected list of Duke's recordings-although this volume is not intended as a discography. Vail's unique concept, which pairs photos and news articles with brief diary-style entries, has resulted in a work of enduring interest and charm for every fan of this immensely talented musician. The visual impact created by the stunning array of photos is powerful; readers will feel as though they have been accompanying the great man on his journey through life.
Ken Vail is a jazz historian and graphic designer who has authored a number of books on such luminaries as Ellington.
Title:Duke's Diary: Part II: The Life of Duke Ellington, 1950-1974Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 11.06 × 8.88 × 1.39 inPublished:September 27, 2002Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810841193

ISBN - 13:9780810841192

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Editorial Reviews

More than just a dry itinerary, Duke's Diary is marvelously entertaining, attractively laid out and profusely illustrated, with hundreds of photos but also advertisements from all manner of newspapers and magazines. There are also fascinating reproductions of vintage articles that place Ellington in his own time.