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Duke Ellington and Paris Part 2: An Interview With Laurent Mignard
23 Jun 2011 // 5:00 PM
In this second part of his 'Duke and Paris' series, Matthew Asprey looks into what Laurent Mignard means, when he says, "Our record is called Duke Ellington Is Alive because I'm really sure that Duke's mood is still with us."
Duke Ellington and Paris Part 1: Busy Winters
2 Jun 2011 // 5:00 PM
In this first entry of a two-part series, Matthew Asprey reflects on the relationship between the discography of jazz legend Duke Ellington and a city that gave refuge to many great American expatriates, Paris.
Duke Ellington Is Heard Loud and Clear on Old 78s, Across Decades of Time
23 Feb 2011 // 4:00 PM
From dusty old 78s placed tenderly on the console to reissue CDs spinning easily on the latest-model boom box, Duke Ellington's music spans generations of technology and memory, as told here by the son of a 90-year-old man who loved the Duke.
Lil' Pookie's America: Some Big Shoes to Fill
13 Jan 2011 // 4:00 PM
How can a kid from the 'hood today measure up to the likes of Duke Ellington? or Hank Aaron? A mythical boy from the 'hood meets these major black American figures through three recent books: 'Duke Ellington's America', 'The Last Hero' and 'Willie Mays'.
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Ellington Suites
13 Jan 2014 // 9:01 PM
This reissue doesn't match up with Ellington's classics, but it does give us The Queen's Suite, the surprise of "The Kiss", and two other solid suites that offer different corners of Ellington's musical world.
The Ever-Lasting Ellington Effect
15 Dec 2013 // 9:05 PM
Teachout explains Duke Ellington's self-taught method of composing; as much a study in human temperament as it was a discerning assembly of instrumentation.