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New Duke Ellington book due out in March

A new Duke Ellington book is due out in March.

The book, Duke Ellington: An American Composer and Icon, was written by the band leader's daughter Mercedes Ellington, and Steven Brower, who's also penned Woody Guthrie Artworks and Satchmo: The Wonderful Art and World of Louis Armstrong.

"With unprecedented access to the Ellington family archives, this long overdue book illuminates the life and work of an icon of twentieth-century music from his humble beginnings to his long-lasting success. Every stage of Ellington’s career is brought to life, from sepia photographs of his early days in Washington, DC, to colorful playbills from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, his triumphant tours of Europe in the 1930s, and his pioneering explosion of form and genre in the 1940s and beyond."

The work also contains contributions from Dave Brubeck, Cornel West, Quincy Jones, and Tony Bennett.

The book is due out March 1, 2016.

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