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||ImpulseÂ Â Â 157|
|9:05 PM||Richard Rodgers||My Funny Valentine||CapitolÂ Â Â 523502|
|9:08 PM||Cy Coleman||Witchcraft||Blue NoteÂ 78213|
|9:14 PM||Wynton Marsalis||Embraceable You||CBS/SonyÂ Â 47346|
|9:22 PM||Don Redman||Gee, Baby, Ain't I good to You?||verveÂ Â Â Â Â 537909|
|9:26 PM||Count Basie||Second Time Around||verveÂ Â Â Â Â 589637|
|9:30 PM||Cole Porter||I've Got You Under My Skin||CapitolÂ Â Â 523502|
|9:35 PM||Richard Whiting||Too Marvelous for Words||verveÂ Â Â Â Â 849434|
|9:37 PM||Dietz||You and the Night and the Music||Arte NovaÂ 9235|
|9:45 PM||Kahn||My Baby Just Cares for Me||MetroÂ Â Â Â Â 10|
|9:49 PM||Hazel Scott||A Foggy Day||DebutÂ Â Â Â Â 1702|
|9:56 PM||Stacy Kent||Never Let Me Go||Blue NoteÂ 501611|