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Duke: A Portrait of Duke Ellington

Derek Jewell

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ISBN 10: 0393075125 / ISBN 13: 9780393075120
Published by W.W. Norton Company, 1977
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed by author Derek Jewell at the half title page. A sound and tight binding. Jacket worn a bit at the edges, price has been clipped, wrapped snug to boards. Unmarked pages and text. Bookseller Inventory # Fred3-1634

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Title: Duke: A Portrait of Duke Ellington

Publisher: W.W. Norton Company

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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“Derek Jewell has performed a valuable task in writing the first complete biography of the greatest composer jazz has so far produced and one of America’s most important musicians.” ―André Previn

Edward Kennedy Ellington, the Duke. As a musician, there has been no other artist quite like him. His expansive talent poured out more than five thousand compositions, from all-time pop songs like “Sophisticated Lady” and “Solitude” to major suites and musicals. Derek Jewell had admired Ellington for thirty years, knew him well in the later years of his life, talked with him and watched him at work in many environments. His story starts in turn-of-the-century Washington, when jazz was growing under the fingers of poolroom maestros, moves on to the hustling night life of Prohibition, and then develops into a portrait of Ellington the international celebrity, equally at ease in smoky clubs or with kings and presidents, in dance halls or with cathedral congregations. Since 1962, Derek Jewell has been popular music critic of the London Sunday Times, and he serves as publishing director of Times Newspapers Ltd.

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