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Duke Ellington: The Influential, Elegant Genius

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Terry Teachout's biography - Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington

In 1927, Duke Ellington’s orchestra opened at New York’s Cotton Club. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it was a gig that would fire up Ellington’s career and change the way people thought about jazz. Terry Teachout's Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington is published by Gotham Books.

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Ellington biographer, Wall Street Journal Drama Critic, Terry Teachout, talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about Ellington's life and music.

We're celebrating Black History Month on WRTI. In 1927, Duke Ellington’s orchestra opened at New York’s Cotton Club. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it was a gig that would fire up Ellington’s career and change the way people thought about jazz. Terry Teachout's Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington is published by Gotham Books.