Harvey G. Cohen: Duke Ellington's America

America’s incomparable composer and jazzman

Michael Morley

 

Duke Ellington’s America
by Harvey G. Cohen
University of Chicago Press (Footprint Books), $69 hb, 688 pp, 9780226112633

 

Early in this magisterial and exhaustively researched examination of Duke Ellington’s role in American music and society, the author offers a succinct summary of the musician’s significance as an American artist. It is worth quoting at length, as it encapsulates most of the questions addressed over the book’s 577 pages of text and almost 100 densely packed pages of notes:

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Published in November 2010 no. 326

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