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Duke Ellington: Music Is My Mistress

Ellington, Duke; Edward Kennedy Ellington 522pp, black cloth boards with titles on spine in gold. Blue front and back endpapers (faint white rubbing at top right of front free endpaper about the size of a quarter). Pages are bright white, clean and unmarked with numerous b&w photos throughout. Corners are sharp, binding is tight and spine is straight. DJ bright blue with white titles. Some rubbing/shelf wear along spine and front jacket cover, thin white scratches along back jacket cover. "Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one."1 This is the story of Duke Ellington—the story of Jazz itself. Told in his own way, in his own words, a symphony written by the King of Jazz. His story spans and defines a half-century of modern music.This man who created over 1500 compositions was as much at home in Harlem's Cotton Club in the ‘20s as he was at a White House birthday celebration in his honor in the ‘60s. For Duke knew everyone and savored them all. Passionate about his music and the people who made music, he counted as his friends hundreds of the musicians who changed the face of music throughout the world: Bechet, Basie, Armstrong, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Sinatra, to name a few of them. Here are 100 photographs to give us an intimate view of Duke's world, his family, his friends, his associates.What emerges most strongly in his commitment to music, the mistress for whom he saves the fullest intensity of his passion Size: 10.3 x 7.4 Inches