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Duke Ellington - A Spiritual Biography


192 pages
The Crossroad Publishing Company


This biography offers insights into Ellington's enduring appeal, not only as a composer and piano playing leader of a jazz orchestra, but as a cultural icon. Steed traces Ellingtons journey from a protected childhood in Washington, D.C., through his early career as a musician in Harlem nightclubs to the presentation of his music in the world's grandest cathedrals in his last years.

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