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Description - Beyond Category by John E. Hasse

One of the twentieth century's greatest composers, Duke Ellington (18991974) led a fascinating life. Beyond Category, the first biography to draw on the vast Duke Ellington archives at the Smithsonian Institution, recounts his remarkable career: his childhood in Washington, D. C. , and his musical apprenticeship in Harlem; his long engagement at the Cotton Club; the challenging years of the depression; his tours to Europe and into America's deep South, where he helped lower racial barriers; the postwar years when television and bebop threatened to eclipse the big bands; Ellington's own triumphant comeback at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival; his collaborations with Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges, and Ella Fitzgerald; as well as five decades of hits and masterpieces that constantly broke new ground. The art of Duke Ellington was a musical expression of the African-American experience, in all its pain, pride, and glory. He composed his music as he composed his lifewith flair, passion, and individualityand no book reveals the man and his artistic evolution more brilliantly than Beyond Category.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306806148
ISBN-10: 0306806142
Format: Paperback
(155mm x 229mm x 30mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John E. Hasse

Music historian, musician, award-winning author and record producer, John Edward Hasse has served as curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institution. He is the editor of Ragtime: Its History, Composers and Music, and coeditor of Discourse in Ethnomusicology.