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Omnibus: Duke Ellington - Reminiscing In Tempo


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In the concluding part of this documentary, Ellington is making his best music. New band members include Billy Strayhorn, whose first contribution is the legendary Take the "A" Train. Ellington is a star. But fame is fickle. The critics hate his new work, he refuses to change and, by the mid-50s, he seems to be finished.
Undaunted, Ellington takes the Newport Jazz Festival by storm with C-Jam Blues. But the deaths of Strayhorn in and of his personal physician and friend six years later mark the end for him.
Twenty years after his death, Ellington's charm, wit and unpredictability are recalled by relatives and friends in unique archive interviews and performances by the great jazzman himself.
Series editor Nigel Williams


Unknown: Billy Strayhorn

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Omnibus: Duke Ellington - Reminiscing In Tempo

BBC One London, 10 May 1994 22.55

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