Reminiscing in Tempo: A Portrait of Duke Ellington

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Northeastern University Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 538 pages
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"Duke Ellington" ( 1899-1974) was one of the most romantic, flamboyant, and charismatic figures in the world of jazz. This distinctive biography, published on the centenary of his birth, draws on rare archival material to interweave Ellington's own observations and reminiscences with those who knew and worked with him. The text also includes a wealth of Ellington memorabilia to re-create in vivid narrative and illustration the jazz great's life and musical artistry against the background of his colorful times.

Stuart Nicholson's skillful use of firsthand accounts allows the reader to fully experience Ellington's story and to relive the vibrant jazz scene in which he worked. The author charts the course of his brilliant career, from sign writer, pianist, and poolroom hustler in Washington, D.C., to star performer at Harlem's Cotton Club, to internationally acclaimed bandleader, composer, and arranger. He offers revealing insights into the private man, recounting his strengths, faults, humor, attitude toward business, and love of women. NicHolson also explores Ellington's struggles as a black artist in the white-dominated entertainment world.

This engaging and innovative biography provides the most authentic portrait yet available of the legendary jazz musician.

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Deftly weaving numerous and varied quotations from Ellington and his family, friends, and fellow musicians with an ongoing narrative, Nicholson, biographer of Ella Fitzgerald (LJ 5/1/94) and Billie ... Read full review



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Nicholson is one of Britain's leading jazz journalists and broadcasters. Wrote biographies of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington.

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