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Duke Ellington

Jazz Musician (29-Apr-1899 — 24-May-1974)


Stanley Dance. The World of Duke Ellington. Da Capo Press. 2000. 328pp.

Duke Ellington. Music is My Mistress: Memoirs. Da Capo Press. 1976. 522pp.

Mercer Ellington; with Stanley Dance. Duke Ellington in Person: An Intimate Memoir. Da Capo Press. 1979. 236pp.

Don George. Sweet Man: The Real Duke Ellington. Putnam. 1981. 272pp.

Bill Gutman. Duke: The Musical Life of Duke Ellington. Midpoint Trade Books. 2001. 180pp.

John Edward Hasse. Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington. London: Simon & Schuster. 1993. 479pp.

Derek Jewell. Duke: A Portrait of Duke Ellington. New York: W. W. Norton. 1980. 268pp.

Peter Lavezzoli. The King of All, Sir Duke: Ellington and the Artistic Revolution. New York: Continuum. 2001.

A. H. Lawrence. Duke Ellington and His World: A Biography. Routledge. 2001. 492pp.

Graham Lock. Blutopia: Visions of the Future and Revisions of the Past in the Work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and Anthony Braxton. Duke University Press. 1999. 314pp.

Stuart Nicholson. Reminiscing in Tempo: A Portrait of Duke Ellington. Northwestern University Press. 1999. 538pp.

Ken Rattenbury. Duke Ellington, Jazz Composer. Yale University Press. 1990. 327pp.

Martha E Schaaf; Fred M. Irvin. Duke Ellington: Young Music Master. Bobbs-Merrill. 1975. 200pp.

Janna Tull Steed. Duke Ellington: A Spiritual Biography. Crossroad Publishing Co.. 1999. 192pp.

Mark Tucker. Ellington: The Early Years. University of Illinois Press. 1995. 368pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Internet Broadway Database [link]

  5. Public Information Research Namebase [link]

  6. Wikipedia [link]

  7. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.344)

  8. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.212)

  9. Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (p.210)

  10. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.205)

  11. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.475)

  12. Webster's American Biographies (p.317)

  13. Current Biography, 1970 Yearbook (pp.129-31)

  14. Celebrity Register 3rd Issue (p.155)

  15. The Oxford Dictionary of Music (p.271)

  16. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.220)

  17. Portable Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (pp.85-86)

  18. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.270)

  19. 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia (pp.123-25)

  20. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.167)

  21. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.2, p.23)

  22. American Songwriters (pp.147-52)

  23. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.79)

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