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Duke Ellington, The Overview Pt1
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The jazz royalty that was The Duke


He is now hailed as one of America's greatest musical eminences. But Duke Ellington's early career is the story of how a bright yet unremarkable teenage boy became a musical pioneer, an accomplished composer, and a leader of the world's most popular big band.
Composer and educator Gunther Schuller is unequivocal: "Duke Ellington is of course the absolutely greatest composer in the history of jazz." Showman, composer, performer, and ambassador, Duke Ellington (1899-1974) turned jazz it into a sophisticated international art form, in practically all forms. Duke put his stamp on popular songs, serious works, musicals, "sacred concerts," and even extended symphonic suites. He also created history's finest and most successful jazz orchestra, which he toured around the world for more than a half century. This overview takes measure of the jazz royalty that was The Duke.


PLAY DATE: Sun, 02/10/2008
9:00 PM John Coltrane My One and Only Love Impulse    157
9:05 PM Richard Rodgers My Funny Valentine Capitol    523502
9:08 PM Cy Coleman Witchcraft Blue Note  78213
9:14 PM Wynton Marsalis Embraceable You CBS/Sony   47346
9:22 PM Don Redman Gee, Baby, Ain't I good to You? verve      537909
9:26 PM Count Basie Second Time Around verve      589637
9:30 PM Cole Porter I've Got You Under My Skin Capitol    523502
9:35 PM Richard Whiting Too Marvelous for Words verve      849434
9:37 PM Dietz You and the Night and the Music Arte Nova  9235
9:45 PM Kahn My Baby Just Cares for Me Metro      10
9:49 PM Hazel Scott A Foggy Day Debut      1702
9:56 PM Stacy Kent Never Let Me Go Blue Note  501611


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