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Blutopia : Visions of the Future and Revisions of the Past in the Work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and Anthony Braxton
by Graham Lock 
(Paperback)

Music Is My Mistress
by Duke Ellington 
Paperback (May 1988)
Da Capo Pr; ISBN: 0306800330

The Music of Duke Ellington Plus 1 : Piano Acc (Plus One Play-Along Series)
by Tony Esposito 
(Paperback)

Duke Ellington
by Andrea Davis Pinkney, et al 
(Hardcover)
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Duke Ellington
by Scott Yanow, Billy Taylor 
(Hardcover)


The World of Duke Ellington
by Stanley Dance, Duke Ellington
Onstage, Duke Ellington was an effusive, electrifying personality. Offstage, he was something of a cipher, which led one longtime associate to speculate that "only a whole convention of people who 'knew' Ellington, each revealing their understanding of the enigma, could begin to piece together an accurate portrait of him." Stanley Dance, an Ellington booster since the 1930s, has assembled exactly this sort of composite picture. His book includes verbal snapshots of the orchestra on tour, and several conversations with the man himself. The main attraction, though, is the series of interviews that Dance conducted with dozens of orchestra members, including Ben Webster, Cootie Williams, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, and Johnny Hodges. None of these gentlemen claim any profound intimacy with their employer (although baritone saxophonist Carney, who also chauffeured Ellington between gigs, probably spent as much time in his company as any other human being). But their accumulated conversation does add up to a rare--if inevitably partial--portrait, as well as a treasure trove of musical insight. Amazon.com
Paperback: 328 pages
Da Capo Press; ISBN: 0306810158; (December 26, )

The Duke Ellington Reader
by Mark Tucker (Editor), Duke Ellington (Editor)
This superb anthology covers the entire length of the composer's career, from his landfall in Manhattan in 1923 to the Old Master period of the early 1970s. There are dozens of reviews, essays, appreciations, and memoirs, written not only by music critics but by such heavy hitters as Ralph Ellison, Simone de Beauvoir(!), and Blaise Cendrars. The book also includes a selection of Ellington's own dicta--be sure not to overlook his 1937 polemic from "Down Beat": "Ellington Refutes Cry That Swing Started Sex Crimes!" Superbly edited and endlessly intriguing, the Reader is an essential volume for Ellington nuts and neophytes alike. Amazon.com
Paperback - 560 pages Reprint edition
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0195093917

Duke Ellington
by Eddie Lambert, Elaine Norsworthy
Hardcover: 396 pages
Scarecrow Press; ISBN: 0810831619; (December 21, )

King of All Sir Duke: Ellington and the Artistic Revolution
by Peter Lavezzoli 
(Paperback)


Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington
by John Edward Hasse, Wynton Marsalis
One of the 20th century's greatest composers, Duke Ellington (1899-1974) led a fascinating life. The first biography to draw on the vast Duke Ellington archives at the Smithsonian Institution, this book recounts the entirety of his remarkable career: his childhood in Washington, D.C. and musical apprenticeship in Harlem; his long engagement at the glamorous, gangster-owned Cotton Club; the challenging years during the Depression; his tours to Europe and into America's deep South, where he helped lower racial barriers; the postwar years when television and bebop threatened to eclipse the big bands; Ellington's own triumphant comeback at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival; his collaborations with Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Coltrane, among others; and of course, the music itself, five decades of hits and masterpieces that constantly broke new ground. John Edward Hasse serves as Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution, curator of its traveling exhibition Beyond Category, and producer and annotator of the boxed set of recordings by the same name. Amazon.com
Paperback: 479 pages
Da Capo Press; ISBN: 0306806142; (April )

Duke Ellington and His World
by A. H. Lawrence
Reviewers pan this book. Save your money.
(Hardcover)

Duke Ellington : The Piano Prince and His Orchestra (Caldecott Honor Book)
by Andrea Davis Pinkney, et al
Reading level: Ages 4-8
(Hardcover)

The Great of Duke Ellington
by Duke Ellington (Composer)
42 titles include: Creole * Love Call * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) * In a Sentimental Mood * It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) * Mood Indigo * Satin Doll.
(Paperback)

The Music of Duke Ellington Plus 1 : Trumpet (Plus One Play-Along Series)
by Tony Esposito 
(Paperback)

Duke Ellington (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)
by Mike Venezia
(School & Library Binding)

Duke Ellington for Jazz Guitar
(Paperback)
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Play the Duke : 11 Ellington Jazz Classics
(Paperback)
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Duke Ellington for Fingerstyle Guitar (Acoustic Masters Series)
(Hardcover)
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The Genius of Duke Ellington
by Duke Ellington (Composer)
(Paperback)
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Duke Ellington for Strings : Score
by Duke Ellington, William Zinn 
(Hardcover)
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Duke Ellington for Strings : Violin I
by Duke Ellington, William Zinn 
(Hardcover)
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Duke Ellington for Strings : Violin II
by Duke Ellington, William Zinn 
(Hardcover)
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Duke Ellington for Strings : Viola
by Duke Ellington, William Zinn 
(Hardcover)
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Duke Ellington for Strings : Cello
by Duke Ellington, William Zinn 
(Hardcover)
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Duke Ellington for Strings : String Bass
by Duke Ellington, William Zinn 
(Paperback)
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Duke's 'Bones: Ellington's Great Trombonists
by Kurt R. Dietrich 
(Paperback)
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The Music of Duke Ellington Plus 1: Flute (Plus One Play-Along Series)
by Tony Esposito, Duke Ellington
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The Music of Duke Ellington Plus 1: Trombone (Plus One Play-Along Series)
by Tony Esposito
(Paperback)

Duke Ellington
by Ron Frankl, Nathan I. Huggins (Editor)
(Library Binding)
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Duke Ellington in Person; An Intimate Memoir
by Mercer Ellington, Stanley Dance (Contributor)
(Paperback - April 1988)
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