Chapter 12

Chapter 12 - C hapter 12- Duke Ellington Duke Ellington is...

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Chapter 12- Duke Ellington Duke Ellington is a sort of oddball of the Swing Era o Definitely played swing o But seemed outside of the whole movement o His music was not conventional Earned national audience from playing at the Cotton Club Appeared in Movies Irving Mills o White businessman who represented Ellington Extended Works o Pieces that exceeded the roughly three minute standard of most dance music o “Creole Rhapsody” – used two sides of a record Still exploited as a black o Couldn’t play in many restaurants o Financially exploited by his manager 1. The Blanton-Webster Band Blanton-Webster Band o Made up of many musicians which had been with Ellington for up to ten years o Named after sidemen Ben Webster (Tenor Saxophonist) and Jimmy Blanton (bassist) Charles “Cootie” Williams 1911-1985 o Trumpeter
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o Developed plunger style to previously unknown level of subtlety Three different Trumpet styles The suave, tightly closed plunger of the beginning
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Chapter 12 - C hapter 12- Duke Ellington Duke Ellington is...

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