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Duke Ellington in Person: An Intimate Memoir

Mercer Ellington
Paperback: 236 pages
Da Capo Pr; 1st Da Capo paperback ed edition
September 1, 1979
ISBN: 0306801043

Mercer Ellington was not only Duke’s son but the manager of Duke’s band for over a decade. Their complex relationship is detailed here, and the portrait of the great composer/musician that emerges is necessarily complex but very insightful and real.

Duke Ellington wrote more compositions that would become jazz standards than any other composer. Written with Stanley Dance, Mercer Ellington’s fascinating memoir is a balanced and personal assessment his father’s life and is intended to complement Duke Ellington’s autobiography, Music Is My Mistress, and Stanley Dance’s The World of Duke Ellington. The general index includes song titles.

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