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A Documentary Chronicle Of The Life And Legacy Of The Great American Composer, Pianist, And Orchestral Jazz Pioneer Duke Ellington, Narrated By Eminent Social Activist And Civil Rights Movement Leader Julian Bond (Color, 1991, 1 Hour 28 Minutes) Plus 2 BONUS TITLES: 1) DESTINATION FREEDOM: ECHOES OF HARLEM, A Dramatization Of Duke Ellington's Life And Musical Triumphs, An Episode Of Richard Durham's Revered 1948-50 Radio History Series On The African-American Experience (Audio Only, November 7, 1948, 29 Minutes); And 2) Ellington’s Movie Short “Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life” (Black/White, 1935, 10 Minutes), Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An All Regions Format DVD Or MP4 Video Download! #DukeEllington #Composers #Pianists #PianoPlayers #Bandleaders #Orchestras #DukeEllingtonOrchestra #OrchestralJazz #Jazz #GreatComposers #JazzStandards #SpanishTinge #Music #MusicHistory #AmericanMusic #AmericanMusicHistory #BillyStrayhorn #NewportJazzFestival #PulitzerPrize #PulitzerPrizeForMusic #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
*11/15/21: Updated With DESTINATION FREEDOM: ECHOES OF HARLEM!
Duke Ellington, American composer, pianist, bandleader and Prince Hall Freemason (1899-1974) was born Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington in Washington, D.C.. He led a jazz orchestra from 1923 until his death, in a career spanning over fifty years. Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward, and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the 1930s, his orchestra toured in Europe. Though widely considered to have been a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington embraced the phrase "beyond category" as a liberating principle, and referred to his music as part of the more general category of American Music, rather than to a musical genre such as jazz. Some of the musicians who were members of Ellington's orchestra, such as: saxophonists Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster and Paul Gonzalves; trumpeters Cootie Williams and Ray Nance; clarinetist Barney Bigard, drummers Bobby Durham and Sonny Greer; trombonist Juan Tizol; singers Al Hibbler and Herb Jeffries, and more are considered to be among the best players in jazz. Ellington melded them into the best-known orchestral unit in the history of jazz. Some members stayed with the orchestra for several decades. A master at writing miniatures for the three-minute 78 rpm recording format, Ellington wrote more than one thousand compositions; his extensive body of work is the largest recorded personal jazz legacy, with many of his works having become standards. Ellington also recorded songs written by his bandsmen, for example Juan Tizol's "Caravan", and "Perdido", which brought a Spanish tinge to big band jazz. After 1941, Ellington collaborated with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn, whom he called his writing and arranging companion. With Strayhorn, he composed many extended compositions, or suites, as well as additional short pieces. Following an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, in July 1956, Ellington and his orchestra enjoyed a major career revival and embarked on world tours. Ellington recorded for most American record companies of his era, performed in several films, scoring several, and composed stage musicals. Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and thanks to his eloquence and charisma, Ellington is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other more traditional musical genres. His reputation continued to rise after he died, and he was awarded a special posthumous Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999. #DukeEllington #JazzRoyalty #Composers #Pianists #PianoPlayers #Bandleaders #Masons #Freemasons #PrinceHallFreemasons #Orchestras #DukeEllingtonOrchestra #OrchestralJazz #Jazz #GreatComposers #JazzStandards #SpanishTinge #Music #MusicHistory #AmericanMusic #AmericanMusicHistory #BillyStrayhorn #NewportJazzFestival #PulitzerPrize #PulitzerPrizeForMusic #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive