A rare treat for jazz enthusiasts comes in the form of a surprising new addition to Duke Ellington's tremendous catalog.
08 Jul 2015
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.
13 Jan 2014
Mark de Clive-Lowe doesn't turn big band music on its head so much as he injects it with new blood.
22 May 2013
Duke Ellington's legacy continues to shine brightly on Big Bands Live: Duke Ellington Orchestra.
21 Jan 2013
A new concert recording by the formidable Duke Orchestra of Paris led by Laurent Mignard collects Ellington’s French-inspired compositions, including a wealth of unheard music. The album brings into focus the triumphant late period of jazz’s greatest composer.
24 May 2012
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."
23 Jun 2011
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.
23 Feb 2011
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'.
13 Jan 2011
It's fun discovering that Jackie Wilson used to be a prizefighter or imagining band members waking up a drugged-out Charlie Parker right before his solo.
27 May 2008
Call it a Portrait of an Artist as a Gentleman, the reissued Love You Madly/A Concert of Sacred Music at Grace Cathedral captures the sophisticated grace of Duke Ellington.
27 Feb 2006
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