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Duke Ellington:The Piano Prince And His Orchestra

The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
By:  Andrea Davis Pinkney Illustrator: Brian Pinkney
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  • Item #: NTS910994
  • ISBN13: 9780439109949
  • Format: Paperback Book
  • Pages: 32
  • Genre:
    Biography and Autobiography
  • Weston Woods ID: PB393SCH
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  • Grades: 4
  • Lexile® Measure: AD800L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level Q
  • DRA Level: 40
  • ACR Level: 5
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The story of one of America's greatest composers, Duke Ellington, is lavishly told here in jazz-inspired prose. The young Duke, born Edward Kennedy Ellington in Washington D.C., in 1899, is introduced as a smooth talkin,' slick-steppin,' piano playin' kid with his "fine as pie looks and flashy threads" - thus earning him the name "Duke," by which he would be known his entire life.

First hearing ragtime, the music that would inspire him to return to the piano - after briefly abandoning it for baseball - Duke produced his own made-up melodies: "one-and-two-umpy-dump." As a young man, Duke founded a small band called the Washingtonians. Eager to experiment with livelier forms of music, the band soon split for New York City when they were invited to play at the famed Cotton Club in 1927.

Readers learn of other key milestones in Duke's life. For example, in 1939, Billy Strayhorn joined Duke's band, penning what is perhaps the orchestra's biggest hit: "Take the A Train"; and in 1943, Ellington's symphonic masterpiece celebrating the life of African Americans and their heritage, "Black, Brown and Beige," debuted at Carnegie Hall.

The almost breathless accounts are illustrated with lush, swirling illustrations created from a rainbow pallet. Dancers at the Cotton Club, for example, seem to fly off the page, colors trailing from their feet. A stunning introduction to Duke Ellington's life and work, the book includes a bibliography, videography, and list of museum exhibitions dedicated to Ellington.

Standards:

RI.4.3. Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Reviews

Caldecott Honor Book


Coretta Scott King Award


Booklist Editors' Choice


ALA Notable Video

"…a rich lesson in music, black history, the American experience…and a biography…one of the most important videos of the year." - School Library Journal

Duke Ellington:The Piano Prince And His Orchestra

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