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Terry Teachout: "Duke: A Life Of Duke Ellington" (Rebroadcast)

Washington-born Duke Ellington has been heralded as the greatest American jazz composer of his time. Even 50 years after his death, one can expect the repertoire of any jazz musician to include Ellington-led tunes like "In A Sentimental Mood," "Sophisticated Lady" and "Take the 'A' Train." Yet, despite his place in music history, few were privy to details about the composer's personal life and background. Wall Street Journal critic and author Terry Teachout joins Kojo to discuss the story behind the enigmatic musician and his unusual process of composing.

Duke Ellington's "Take The 'A Train"

Duke Ellington's Koko

Duke Ellington's "Black And Tan Fantasy"

Duke Ellington's "Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue"

Duke Ellington's Blood Count (Billy Strayhorn)

Duke Ellington's The Mooche

Duke Ellington's Mood Indigo

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