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Swee’ Pea

Con Chapman

in Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190653903
eISBN:
9780190055288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190653903.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music, History, American

The chapter discusses the addition of Billy Strayhorn to the Ellington band at the end of 1938. Strayhorn gradually transformed its music with harmonic enhancements that he had mastered as a student ... More


Duke Ellington

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195098228
eISBN:
9780199869817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Meeting Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, at Lyndon Johnson's White House, marked the beginning of the author's close working relationship with one of America's most important composers. This chapter ... More


Billy Strayhorn

Gwen Terry

in Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520268463
eISBN:
9780520949782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520268463.003.0034
Subject:
Music, History, American

In this chapter, Clark Terry talks about Billy Strayhorn, who was an extremely important member of Duke Ellington's orchestra band and Duke Ellington's alter ego. Clark describes Stray as a breath of ... More


Carnivalizing Jazz: Duke Ellington’s Calypso Theater and the Diasporic Instant

Shane Vogel

in Stolen Time: Black Fad Performance and the Calypso Craze

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226568300
eISBN:
9780226568584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226568584.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

The mid-century rise of television provided new ways to conceptualize and incorporate a mass public sphere. Corporations sought to instrumentalize new televisual technologies through performance in ... More


Beggar’s Holiday

Howard Pollack

in The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190458294
eISBN:
9780190458324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190458294.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, American

December 1946 witnessed the premiere of Beggar’s Holiday, a new show with book and lyrics by Latouche and music by Duke Ellington. The work was an updated interracial version of John Gay’s The ... More


Rearranging Concert Jazz: Duke Ellington and Rhapsody in Blue

Ryan Raul Bañagale

in Arranging Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and the Creation of an American Icon

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199978373
eISBN:
9780190201418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199978373.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

Several Rhapsody in Blue arrangements performed by Duke Ellington over the course of his career form the focus of this chapter. These include a recorded version released in 1963 (prepared by Billy ... More


Rhapsody

Howard Pollack

in The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190458294
eISBN:
9780190458324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190458294.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American

Latouche’s relationship with publisher Jack Robbins led to a career in the early 1940s as a popular song lyricist. His biggest success in this area during this time was “Day Dream,” with music by ... More


God’s Messenger Boy

Vaughn A. Booker

in Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479892327
eISBN:
9781479801831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479892327.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter provides an overview of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert tours in the United States and Western Europe to showcase the promise of ecumenical and interracial fellowship. These occasions ... More


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