Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

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You ever hear of the jazz playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?

His name was Duke. Duke Ellington. As a child, he said piano made an umpy-dump sound that was headed nowhere worth following. But, years later, he heard the piano played a whole new way. People called the music "ragtime", and soon the sound had Duke's fingers riding the piano keys.

Duke began to compose his own melodies, which led him to form a band, The Washingtonians. Before long, the group was performing at the swankiest hangouts in Harlem, including The Cotton Club, but under a new name: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. Soon the whole country swung to Duke's beat.

This is the story of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century - the king of the keys - Duke Ellington.

Title:Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780786801787
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    Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra Reviews

  • Calista

    This has rhythm and soul. I love the voice of this story. It swings with that cool sweet tongue of hot jazz. The story of Duke’s life is scatted out on these pages. It feels alive and well. Duke was...

  • Gerry

    The husband and wife duo of Andrea Davis Pinkney, text, and Brian Pinkney, illustrations, has produced a delightful book on the Duke, Duke Ellington that is.Born in 1899, Edward Kennedy Ellington said...

  • Lisa Vegan

    It took me awhile to get used to the writing style but it never felt as though it wasn’t a perfect fit for the story. This is a terrific picture book biography about Duke Ellington’s life and musi...

  • Luann

    This is fabulous! The words and the illustrations are as musical as Duke's own compositions, which are "smoother than a hairdo sleeked with pomade" and "spicier than a pot of jambalaya!" I would love ...

  • Abigail

    Husband-and-wife team Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney turn to the story of the great Jazz musician and composer Duke Ellington in this picture-book biography, with very engaging results. Chroni...

  • Becky

    I loved this picture book biography of Duke Ellington. The illustrations were great--and I'm not alone in thinking that, the book was honored with a Caldecott Honor in 1999. The text was great too. Th...

  • Davina Cuffee

    1. Junior Book-Biography2. This books details the musical life of Duke Ellington. This jazzy read takes you all the way back to his childhood and lets you know how he got started with piano and became...

  • CH_Emily Scholnik

    Reading level: Ages 4-8Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1st edition (March 3, 1999) Language: English ISBN-10: 0786801786 ISBN-13: 978-0786801787 "He was a smooth-talkin', slick-steppi...

  • Robert

    It's no wonder this book was recognized as a Caldecott Honor book; theillustrations are beautiful. They complement the rhythm of the textvery well. This biography is written in a jazzy tone using upbe...

  • Beverly

    I liked the artwork, described as prepared as scratchboard renderings with luma dyes, gouache, and oil paint. The illustrations are colorful, energetic, and I think depict the time period very well. I...