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Ellington - The Early Years


343 pages
University of Illinois Press


The first book to explore Ellington's formative years, personal and professional. Tucker provides documentation and musical notation samples of Ellington's first recordings aswell as accounts from newspapers, periodicals, trade publications, published sheet music, stock arrangements and interviews with Ellington's friends, family members and fellow musicians. All these sources help illuminate Ellington's childhood and young adult years in Washington, D.C., and his early years in New York.

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