Duke Ellington: His Life in Jazz With 21 Activities

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Chicago Review Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 140 pages
Celebrating one of the most influential figures in jazz, this comprehensive biography incorporates the legendary Duke Ellington's talents into engaging activities for children. Enlisting the musician's gifts as a pianist, composer, and band leader, this interdisciplinary approach shows how to create a ragtime rhythm, make a washtub bass, write song lyrics, dance the Lindy Hop, and even design an album cover. Exploring Ellington's life and career, this activity guide includes information on additional topics such as the Harlem Renaissance, the musical evolution of jazz, and how technology has changed over the years--from piano rolls and record albums to CDs, television, and portable music devices. A time line, glossary, selected bibliography, and extensive resources--including Ellington's greatest recordings, related websites, and recommendations for further study--are also included.

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DUKE ELLINGTON: His Life in Jazz with 21 Activities

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Stein Crease delivers a closely written biography bespeaking her Ellington scholarship. Journeying with the great jazz pianist from Washington, D.C., to hard-working beginnings in the nascent, highly ... Read full review

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Design a Bands Look
Think Like a ComposerWhat Inspires You?
MakeTwo Percussion Instruments
Rhythm ExplorationLearntoRead Drum
Mary Lou WilliamsArranger Pianist Jazz Pioneer
Make aPhonographNeedle

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Stephanie Stein Crease is a music journalist with extensive experience in the recording industry. Her previous book, Gil Evans: Out of the Cool, won the 2002 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and was nominated for Best Jazz Book by the Jazz Journalists Association. She lives in New York City.