That Highly Distinctive Sound of Duke Ellington and His Band

Apr 4, 2016

It's Jazz Appreciation Month, and WRTI is celebrating the local and national jazz greats who have shaped the music we enjoy today. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at bandleader, composer and pianist Duke Ellington, who wrote over 1700 songs, as well as longer orchestral suites and film scores.

In this profile of Ellington, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with biographer and blogger Terry Teachout, who says Ellington’s band members were integral to his distinctive sound.

Terry Teachout is drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, and author of Duke, A Life of Duke Ellington.