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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His…

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Other authors: Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)

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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra provided wonderful insight into this most influential man who is often hailed as the "King of the Keys". I enjoyed this multi-award winning book for three reasons: the writing, the illustrations and the subject.
Andrea Davis Pinkney's lively jargon conveys a rhythm and style that captures Ellington's time period. When describing Duke at nineteen she writes, "He had fine-as-pie looks and flashy threads". The use of colloquial slang truly transports the reader to another era. The era of Duke Ellington's musical supremacy.
Brian Pinkney's illustrations swings and sways in a reflection of Ellington's music. His vivid, stunning pictures perfectly accompany the text, all the while claiming a vital aspect of their own in this jovial biography.
The subject of Duke Ellington is incredibly intriguing to me. I am an avid jazz admirer. This book follows Duke from his early years to his famous concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. The text provided me with previously unknown facts, such as: Duke was only interested in playing baseball not piano.
Ultimately, this is a fascinating book about a fascinating subject. ( )
  mkenne29 | Apr 9, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Mar 20, 2017 |
This book was interesting and I learned a lot about Duke Ellington. At first, I thought he was from New Orleans, but I learned that he is from Washington, D.C. He did not enjoy playing piano as a young boy, but later gained an appreciation for it and learned to play. He formed his own small band, known as the Washingtonians. They performed at some of the top night clubs in Harlem. Once his band grew, he renamed them Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. HIs music started playing on the radio and folks from all over wanted to hear him perform. ( )
  cedauzat | Jan 25, 2017 |
Duke Ellington was born in 1899 in Washington D.C. and his parents forced him into music lessons. He was reluctant at first because he wanted to play baseball. He eventually fell in love with the piano and even mastered other instruments like the orchestra. He became a great musician and started an awesome band. They moved to Harlem and became big out there. They played everywhere they could and even on the radio. His music is amazing and unforgettable. His most famous are "Sophisticated Lady" and "I Got It Bad." I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and the pictures were awesome. I learned that Duke Ellington wouldn't be who he is to the world today if his parents had not put him into music lessons. ( )
  cmsmit12 | Jan 19, 2017 |
I truly enjoyed this book from front to back. The language used in this book made learning about Duke Ellington that much more interesting. If a 3-6th grader were reading this book, plenty of the terminology and slang would have to be explained, but the story itself is still very informative. It was interesting to learn that Ellington initially did not like the piano because he thought it was boring. Fast forward many years, and now people called him the Piano Prince. The book touched more on the fun side of Ellington's success as an artist. It was great to include a more blunt version of his biography at the back of the book for those who needed more information. ( )
  CharleneMartin | Jan 19, 2017 |
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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, "King of the Keys," was born on April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C. "He was a smooth-talkin', slick-steppin', piano-playin' kid," writes master wordsmith Andrea Pinkney in the rhythmic, fluid, swinging prose of this excellent biography for early readers. It was ragtime music that first "set Duke's fingers to wiggling." He got back to work and taught himself to "press on the pearlies." Soon 19-year-old Duke was playing compositions "smoother than a hairdo sleeked with pomade" at parties, pool halls, country clubs, and cabarets. Skipping from D.C. to 1920s Harlem, "the place where jazz music ruled," Duke and his small band called the Washingtonians began performing in New York City clubs, including the Cotton Club, where Duke Ellington and his Orchestra was officially born. By 1943, Duke Ellington--writer of more than 1000 compositions, including ballet and film scores, orchestral suites, musicals, and choral works--had made it all the way to Carnegie Hall.

We applaud this talented husband-and-wife team--award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney and writer Andrea Pinkney--for making music fly in this fantastic tribute to a jazz legend. Andrea does an extraordinary job of translating music into words, with blues "deeper than the deep blue sea" and "hot-buttered bob, with lots of sassy-cool tones," while her husband visually interprets the movement of music as spirals, waves, and swirls of color, prepared as scratchboard renderings with luma dyes, gouache, and oil paint. Andrea writes, "Toby let loose on his sleek brass sax, curling his notes like a kite tail in the wind. A musical loop-de-loop, with a serious twist," while Brian paints those curling notes, the loop-de-loops, and the kite sailing up to the New York City skyline. Young readers will enjoy the rhythm and beauty of the story itself, and may even be inspired to give Raffi a rest and swing with the Duke! (Great read-aloud, ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson, Amazon.com Kids editor

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A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.

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