Who Was Duke Ellington? (Who Was?)

by M D Payne (Author) Gregory Copeland (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?
How did a working-class young man from Washington, DC, turn the music world on its head and become the Master Of Jazz? Find out in this addition to the Who HQ library! A pivotal fixture of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington was the bandleader of the historic Cotton Club and a master composer -- writing close to 3,000 songs in his lifetime and capturing the spirit of the Black experience in the Unites States. Over a 50-year career, Ellington became one of the biggest names in jazz as we know it. He went on to win 13 Grammys, a Pulitzer, and receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. Who Was Duke Ellington? follows the exciting, multifaceted journey of this musical genius and takes a look at what truly makes Ellington an artist beyond category.
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M D Payne
M. D. Payne wrote his first books, the gross-out horror series MONSTER JUICE, from 2012 until 2014, and then became involved in the New York Times Best-Selling Who Was? series, tackling spooky subjects like Who Is R. L. Stine? and What Is the Story of Scooby Doo? He lives in New York City.
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Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
December 20, 2020
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF007040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Music
JNF036040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Music | Jazz
Library of Congress categories

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