Duke Ellington oral history, 1939-1987 (inclusive).


Duke Ellington oral history, 1939-1987 (inclusive).


The Duke Ellington Oral History is comprised of ninety-two interviews with and about Ellington, one of America's greatest composers. Included among the interviewees are musicians, family members, friends, and colleagues. A series on Billy Strayhorn, Ellington's longtime close collaborator, is also included.

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