Jazz

The Life and Music of Duke Ellington

Mar 26, 2014
Duke Ellington, 1954
Public Domain

Terry Teachout is the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal.  He’s also a jazz musician, and the author of several books.  In 2009, he published a highly regarded biography of Louis Armstrong, and last year he released a beautifully written and insightful biography of Duke Ellington.  It's called "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington."  Terry Teachout joins Tom Hall on the line from New York.

Remembering Legendary Pianist, Ellis Larkins

Feb 21, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald cut a classic record, Ella Sings Gershwin, in 1950. She was accompanied by a lone pianist who had an elegant touch: Baltimore’s own Ellis Larkins.  A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Northwest Baltimore, Larkins was the first African-American to attend the Peabody Conservatory.  After training at Juilliard, he became one of the most distinguished and accomplished jazz pianists of his generation.