Duke Ellington's America

Duke Ellington s America Few American artists in any medium have enjoyed the international and lasting cultural impact of Duke Ellington From jazz standards such as Mood Indigo and Don t Get Around Much Any to his longer or

  • Title: Duke Ellington's America
  • Author: Harvey G. Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780226112633
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Few American artists in any medium have enjoyed the international and lasting cultural impact of Duke Ellington From jazz standards such as Mood Indigo and Don t Get Around Much Any, to his longer, orchestral suites, to his leadership of the stellar big band he toured and performed with for decades after most big bands folded, Ellington represented a singula Few American artists in any medium have enjoyed the international and lasting cultural impact of Duke Ellington From jazz standards such as Mood Indigo and Don t Get Around Much Any, to his longer, orchestral suites, to his leadership of the stellar big band he toured and performed with for decades after most big bands folded, Ellington represented a singular, pathbreaking force in music over the course of a half century At the same time, as one of the most prominent black public figures in history, Ellington demonstrated leadership on questions of civil rights, equality, and America s role in the world.With Duke Ellington s America, Harvey G Cohen paints a vivid picture of Ellington s life and times, taking him from his youth in the black middle class enclave of Washington, D.C to the heights of worldwide acclaim Mining extensive archives, many never before available, plus new interviews with Ellington s friends, family, band members, and business associates, Cohen illuminates his constantly evolving approach to composition, performance, and the music business as well as issues of race, equality and religion Ellington s own voice, meanwhile, animates the book throughout, giving Duke Ellington s America an intimacy and immediacy unmatched by any previous account.By far the most thorough and nuanced portrait yet of this towering figure, Duke Ellington s America highlights Ellington s importance as a figure in American history as well as in American music.

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    1. This book adds incredible depth to understanding why Duke Ellington's life is so vital and important to American history. It is not an analysis of Ellington's music. Try John Edward Hasse's Beyond Category if that's what you are looking for.Ellington led by example and used his compositions and performances to quietly inspire elements of the African American community during the civil rights movement. The analysis of the controversial "we ain't ready yet" quote that was taken out of context by a [...]


    2. More a reference than a biography, an appreciation or even a narrative. Most useful as a bathtub of Ellingtoniana to soak in once in a while. Interested in Ellington’s game-changing barnburner at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival and the near-riot caused by Paul Gonsalves’s six minute tenor sax solo on Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue? It’s duly noted and annotated but not really described. Don’t expect to be placed at the bandstand for a re-creation or even an appreciation of the experienc [...]


    3. Biography-as-political-economy of the only pre-Swing jazz musician to still be making innovative music in the 1970s; examining his relationship to the music industry, the civil rights movement(s), the state department, "genius" and black artistry in the US, and the politics of respectability, of which he was basically the living embodiment.Not titling this book "Money Jungle" was a real missed opportunity.


    4. "What color is virtue, what color is love?"(Duke Ellington’s America)It's extremely difficult to describe his personality, he was not only a musician, he was an artist, a genius listening to his notes equals to a journey towards the African - American history.Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born on April 29 1899 in the US's capital city Washington DC.The Duke grew up in a middle-class family with an high cultural level and his inclination was supported by his loved mother Daisy Kennedy Ell [...]


    5. There are three themes explored in great detail in Duke Ellington's America: the marketing and business of Duke Ellington; Ellington's race relations; and the development of his music. Each of these subjects is discussed throughout the book, in great detail and with complete control of and reliance on varied sources of evidence. These subjects are each book-length, or multi-book length, in and of themselves, but the author does a fantastic job laying out the broader themes in early chapters and [...]


    6. This should have been a fascinating book, but I found reading it to be more of a slog than the topic deserves.Ellington built a truly peerless career spanning fifty years, self-consciously establishing himself as not just a great jazz composer or African-American musician, but as a giant of American arts. He not only sustained a successful career for all those years, but managed to support a stellar orchestra long after the swing era gave way to smaller combos, and (partly because of that stella [...]


    7. This is not a biography of Ellington, per se. It's more of a social and cultural history centered on Ellington (if that makes sense). In other words, it places a focus on how a brilliant man, who happened to be African-American, navigated his way through a Eurocentric society. So if you are looking for information about Duke's relationship with, say, Johnny Hodges, you're not going to get it. Instead, you will see how he negotiated contracts, and ran his business, and worked with his family. Tha [...]


    8. The economics of the music & entertainment industry of the 1920s through the 1950s are perfectly detailed by Cohen in this biography of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington: a time when sheet music was the primary money maker and records weren't even played much on the radio. But you'll get about 70 pages in and wish that you had a podcast or documentary instead of a book to hear the syncopation, intentional distortion, shifting time signatures or the melodies of Ivie Anderson, his lead singer in [...]


    9. Harvey Cohen used Duke Ellington's papers, scrapbooks, and notes from the Smithsonian as well as some new interviews to put together this volume. It is quite an undertaking and is very well done. I don't know if many beyond Ellington researchers will find it interesting, but there are a few bombshells. I am credited for many interviews I did at the Yale Oral History Project.



    10. I found this book slow going - the writing style was a little clumsy. Very well researched, and worth the effort, though.


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