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Interview: Author David Schiff on Why Ellington’s Music Matters

How Duke found common threads between jazz, classical, and pop

David Schiff knows his way around an orchestral score. The Juilliard-educated composer has written a fair number himself, examined compositions for numerous publications, and listens closely to music with students at Reed College. So it was with an informed eye that he approached the Duke Ellington archive at the Smithsonian, a trove of papers Ellington’s son gave to the institution in 1988. His time there, as well as a lifetime of musical appreciation, led him to write his third book: The Ellington Century , a meticulous examination of the composer’s music and its place in the 20th century canon.

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