Celebrating one of the most influential figures in jazz, this comprehensive biography incorporates the legendary Duke Ellington’s talents into engaging activities for children. Enlisting the musician’s gifts as a pianist, composer, and band leader, this interdisciplinary approach shows how to create a ragtime rhythm, make a washtub bass, write song lyrics, dance the Lindy Hop, and even design an album cover. Exploring Ellington’s life and career, this activity guide includes information on additional topics such as the Harlem Renaissance, the musical evolution of jazz, and how technology has changed over the years-from piano rolls and record albums to CDs, television, and portable music devices. A time line, glossary, selected bibliography, and extensive resources-including Ellington’s greatest recordings, related websites, and recommendations for further study-are also included.
Stephanie Stein Crease is the author of Gil Evans: Out of the Cool and Music Lessons. She wrote the liner notes for the Grammy award-winning CD set Duke Ellington Centennial Edition.