Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout

I first discovered the existence of this book on the WBGO jazz website (http://www.wbgo.org/) and I am glad I did.
I had always wanted to read Ellington’s autobiography “Music is My Mistress” but never got a copy of it (yet). Just as well, for Mr. Teachout claims that Duke held back on a lot of things that make an autobiography a “must read”: personal insights, thoughts regarding his fellow musicians, family members, etc. He wanted to maintain his public
persona right until the end, it appears.
I am not a musician, but I love all genres, especially Jazz. This book never gets bogged down in music theory, and is very readable for the armchair jazz aficionado. In fact, I enjoyed listening to Ellington’s music even more after reading “Duke”. I read the ebook version, but I would like to get a hard copy to add to music shelf to refer to from time to time. This would make it a definite 5 out of 5 stars for me.
There are plenty of quotes from other sources: interviews, other biographies/autobiographies, reviews and such.

Highly recommended!

James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. The Miramichi Reader (TMR) —Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases— highlights noteworthy books and authors across Canada from coast to coast to coast (est. 2015). James works and resides in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife and their dog.

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