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Discover the latest biography delving into the life of Duke Ellington, penned by the esteemed author of "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong," Terry Teachout.


Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was not only the reigning jazz maestro of the 20th century but also a fascinating enigma to those around him. From humble beginnings as the grandson of a slave to rising to global musical stardom, Duke's journey was as captivating as his compositions. Whether commanding the stage at Carnegie Hall or captivating audiences in smoky nightclubs, his charisma was unmatched.


With over fifteen hundred compositions to his name, including timeless classics like “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated Lady,” Duke's musical legacy remains unparalleled. Yet, behind the veneer of charm and eloquence lay a man shrouded in mystery, seeking solace in fleeting romances and employing a mask of flowery language and irony.


Teachout, renowned for his insightful biographical work on Louis Armstrong, peels back the layers of Ellington's persona to reveal the true essence of this creative genius. In "Duke," he meticulously unravels the complexities of Ellington's public facade, offering an unvarnished glimpse into the private life of a musical icon. From his unparalleled influence on fellow musicians to the intricacies of his personal relationships, Teachout's narrative sheds light on the man behind the music, capturing the essence of Duke Ellington in all his complexity.

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout

SKU: 159240880X
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  • Publisher: ‎ Avery; Illustrated edition (November 4, 2014)

    Paperback: ‎ 496 pages

    ISBN-10: ‎ 159240880X

    ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1592408801

    Item Weight: ‎ 1.04 pounds

    Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 1.02 x 9 inches

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