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Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Walter van de Leur

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195124484
eISBN:
9780199868711
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124484.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book investigates and analyzes the music of Billy Strayhorn. Over seventy musical examples, drawn from his original autograph scores, provide insight in the development of his style, in his ... More


A Locomotive Laboratory of Place: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

in Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and ’40s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226044941
eISBN:
9780226044965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226044965.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter turns to the Duke Ellington Orchestra, concentrating on “Air-Conditioned Jungle” and the four-part The Deep South Suite from the 1946 Chicago Civic Opera House show. Competing voices, ... More


Ailey Celebrates Ellington

Thomas F. DeFrantz

in Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195301717
eISBN:
9780199850648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301717.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter discusses the interest of Alvin Ailey in the history of African American musical forms, especially modern jazz. He collaborated with various classically trained jazz musicians for his ... 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


“Is God a Three-Letter Word for Love?”

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/9781479892327.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter charts the religious thought of the constantly touring Ellington as he made sense of God on the road without a regular church home. He theologized as he read the Christian Bible and ... 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


Harlem

Ted Gioia

in The History of Jazz

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190087210
eISBN:
9780190087227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190087210.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the emergence of Harlem as a center of jazz activity in the 1930s. It looks at the distinctive stride piano style that was popular in Harlem, and the work of pianists Fats ... More


Duke Ellington: “George Gershwin” (1973)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0082
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents an excerpt from composer Duke Ellington's 1973 book Music Is My Mistress focusing on George Gershwin. It suggests that Ellington's remarks have been often referred to several ... 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


Weight-Loss Regimes as Improvisation in Louis Armstrong’s and Duke Ellington’s Life Writing

Vivian Halloran

in Gastro-modernism: Food, Literature, Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781942954682
eISBN:
9781789623635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781942954682.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter analyzes Louis Armstrong’s and Duke Ellington’s published life writing texts to argue that both musicians applied the same skillset they had relied upon for their musical ... More


Jazz Changes

Martin Williams

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This collection of record notes, interviews, portraits, and reviews recalls the Charlie Parker-Dizzy Gillespie Dial Record sessions, Langston Hughes reading poetry to the sound of jazz, and Thelonius ... More


Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and ’40s

Andrew S. Berish

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226044941
eISBN:
9780226044965
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226044965.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Any listener knows the power of music to define a place, but few can describe the how or why of this phenomenon. This book showcases how American jazz defined a culture particularly preoccupied with ... More


Duke Ellington

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/9780520268463.003.0027
Subject:
Music, History, American

In this chapter, Clark describes the point of his life where he got offered a job by Duke Ellington and at the same time, he had to make the difficult decision to leave Basie and his band. The money ... 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


The Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893

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/9780195098228.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Chicago World Columbian Exposition of 1893 (“The Fair”) celebrated America, its industry, and its people. It was among the first events of its kind to honor the achievements of women. Almost ... More


Working with Duke

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/9780520268463.003.0030
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter describes Clark Terry's association with Duke Ellington's band and his experience of working with Duke. Duke made Clark understand the importance of listening to the totality of music. ... More


The Rabbit Strays

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/9780190653903.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music, History, American

The chapter describes Johnny Hodges’s break with the Ellington orchestra in the early 1950s. He had occasionally threatened to leave the band, and in early 1951 he did so with the encouragement of ... More


Play It Again, Duke: Jazz Performance, Improvisation, and the Construction of Spontaneity

Björn Heile

in Watching Jazz: Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199347650
eISBN:
9780199347698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347650.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Watching concert footage of the Duke Ellington band (1969–1971), one is struck by the amount of repetition—programs, solos, stage choreography, announcements, Ellington’s banter—all is clearly a ... More


John Lewis: Spontaneous Restraint

Williams Martin

in Jazz Changes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

John Lewis was an American jazz pianist and composer most famous for being the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet. The Modern Jazz Quartet, in its quarter of a century history, had risen to ... More


Leaving Basie

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/9780520268463.003.0028
Subject:
Music, History, American

Clark's decision to leave Count Basie's band to join Duke Ellington was not an easy one. This news came to Basie with Clark lying about his illness as the reason for being away from the band. Basie ... More


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