Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Davis PinkneyYou ever hear of the jazz playin man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?
His name was Duke. Duke Ellington. As a child, he said piano made an umpy-dump sound that was headed nowhere worth following. But, years later, he heard the piano played a whole new way. People called the music ragtime, and soon the sound had Dukes fingers riding the piano keys.
Duke began to compose his own melodies, which led him to form a band, The Washingtonians. Before long, the group was performing at the swankiest hangouts in Harlem, including The Cotton Club, but under a new name: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. Soon the whole country swung to Dukes beat.
This is the story of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century - the king of the keys - Duke Ellington.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra
Der letzte Zugang der ersten Band war der Banjospieler Elmer Snowden , der im Unterschied zu den anderen Musikern schon eine Weile als Berufsmusiker gearbeitet hatte und in der Anfangszeit der Washingtonians der offizielle Bandleader war. Sie arbeiteten bei Sweatman im Lafayette Theatre in Harlem. Im Sommer kam Rudy Jackson. Von da an sollte die Band immer drei und mehr Saxophone haben. Mills beschleunigte nun die Folge der Aufnahmetermine; waren es nur drei Sitzungen und sechs, so waren es bereits dreizehn. Hodges blieb mit einer Unterbrechung bis in die er Jahre in der Band.
Edward Kennedy " Duke " Ellington April 29, — May 24, was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra , which he led from until his death over a career spanning more than six decades. Born in Washington, D. In the s, his orchestra toured in Europe. Although widely considered to have been a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington embraced the phrase "beyond category" as a liberating principle and referred to his music as part of the more general category of American Music rather than to a musical genre such as jazz. Some of the jazz musicians who were members of Ellington's orchestra, such as saxophonist Johnny Hodges , are considered to be among the best players in the idiom. Ellington melded them into the best-known orchestral unit in the history of jazz. Some members stayed with the orchestra for several decades.
With both Bach and Ellington, you can sit down at a piano simply to go through it building chords and something great always happens. This music is so rich, and it is virtually indestructible. That encounter is also the heart of an important Plank family narrative. I talked to Mr. Hirschmann on the phone. He told me he knew nothing of these recordings and that he thought Conny was already in Hamburg at that time. There was even brief speculation that Justus Liebich may have done the recordings he worked in Rhenus Studio at the time.