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Beyond Category : Life and Genius of Duke Ellington

Beyond Category : Life and Genius of Duke Ellington - 93 edition

Beyond Category : Life and Genius of Duke Ellington - 93 edition

ISBN13: 9780306806148

ISBN10: 0306806142

Beyond Category : Life and Genius of Duke Ellington by John Edward Hasse and Wynton Marsalis - ISBN 9780306806148
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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Beyond Category : Life and Genius of Duke Ellington by John Edward Hasse and Wynton Marsalis - ISBN 9780306806148

ISBN13: 9780306806148

ISBN10: 0306806142

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 93

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Summary

One of the 20th 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.

Author Bio

Hasse, John Edward : Smithsonian Institution


Music historian, musician, award-winning author and record producer, John Edward Hasse serves as Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution.