2013 | ISBN: 1592407498 | EPUB | 496 pages | 12 MB
A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century-& an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to underst&. The gr&son of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world's most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style. He wrote some fifteen hundred compositions, many of which, like "Mood Indigo" & "Sophisticated Lady," remain beloved st&ards, & he sought inspiration in an endless string of transient lovers, concealing his inner self behind a smiling mask of flowery language & ironic charm.
As the biographer of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout is uniquely qualified to tell the story of the public & private lives of Duke Ellington. Duke peels away countless layers of Ellington's evasion & public deception to tell the unvarnished truth about the creative genius who inspired Miles Davis to say, "All the musicians should get together one certain day & get down on their knees & thank Duke."