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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

How not to write about Duke Ellington: a reader’s guide

A week ago, my friend KLW, a distinguished New York jazz critic, called to ask if I had read Adam Gopnik’s New Yorker essay on Duke Ellington (and the Beatles). I had not, nor did I plan to. The prospect of Gopnik writing on something you care passionately about is always more than mildly dispiriting.

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / JUAN TIZOL

Juan Tizol was a trombone player, but a composer too (and a borinqueño of course). Here’s he doing his now classic tune, “Caravan,” with the Duke. This film was recorded in 1952. Ellington and Tizol first performed...