Duke Ellington - Jazz Genius | Lecture and Discussion

When: 25.09.2019 - 18:00 - 19:30
Where:  Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana

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No one else lived a life, led a band, or made music like Duke Ellington. He was one of a kind—beyond categorization.

Guest speaker John Edward Hasse introduces the moving and inspiring story of Duke Ellington, who overcame racial, social, and musical obstacles to become one of the 20th century’s greatest musicians. Learn about his boyhood in Washington, DC, his breakthrough at Harlem’s Cotton Club, the way he personalized his compositions to the individual gifts of his players, and his sharp disappointment at being rejected for a Pulitzer Prize for Jazz.  Hear excerpts from his famous recordings such as Mood Indigo, Take the “A” Train and his Sacred Concerts. Illustrated with slides and video and audio examples.  Dr. John Edward Hasse is Curator Emeritus of American Music at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, in Washington D.C.

In English.