As Relevant as Ever: the Music of Duke Ellington

Dec 20, 2013

The musical influence of Duke Ellington survives long past his death.
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Duke Ellington is one of the pivotal figures in jazz. He was a pianist, composer and bandleader whose impact lasted well beyond his death. Terry Teachout joins us in studio to talk about his new book, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington. We’ll also talk to local musicians about Ellington’s musical influence on their work.

What's your favorite Duke Ellington-related song?


  • Terry Teachout - Author of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington
  • Owen McNally - Writes the Jazz Corridor column at WNPR.org
  • Noah Baerman - Pianist, composer, educator and Artistic Director of Resonant Motion, Inc.
  • Jay Hoggard - Jazz vibraphonist, composer, and adjunct professor of music at Wesleyan University