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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra (Caldecott Honor Book) (Great Black Performers #2) (Paperback)

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra (Caldecott Honor Book) (Great Black Performers #2) By Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
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This is book number 2 in the Great Black Performers series.


A joyful biography of jazz pioneer Duke Ellington, recognized with a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award Honor, brought to life by a bestselling husband and wife duo.

Born in 1899, Duke Ellington was the forerunner in the evolution of jazz. By the time he was nineteen he was playing at parties, pool halls, and cabarets; and then, in 1927, he entertained at the hottest place around, The Cotton Club in Harlem. But the defining moment of his career came when Duke and his orchestra gave a groundbreaking performance at Carnegie Hall, when they first performed his suite Black, Brown, and Beige, a tribute to the history of African American people. To this day, Duke, the “King of the Keys,” is beloved by jazz fans old and new.

This is a stunning introduction to Duke Ellington—a legend who continues to live on and influence musicians everywhere. 

Don't miss the other Great Black Performers biographies:
Alvin Ailey
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa


About the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of nearly 50 books for young readers, among them The Red Pencil and A Poem for Peter, as well as several collaborations with her husband Brian Pinkney, including Sit -In and Hand in Hand, which received the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor books, and he has written and illustrated several of his own books. Brian has received the Coretta Scott King Book Award for Illustration and three Coretta Scott King Book Award Honor medals.

The Pinkneys have been named among the "25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives" by Children's Health magazine. They live in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…

“This book swings. Don’t miss it.”

School Library Journal

“A cool and vibrant tour of Duke Ellington’s musical career . . . this loving tribute temptingly evokes the sound and spirit of a jazz pioneer.”


"The joy in Ellington's music, and the joy his musicians felt in playing it, is apparent on every page."—Booklist

"The husband-and-wife team captures the spirit of an individual, an era and a musical style."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780786814206
ISBN-10: 0786814209
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 1st, 2007
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: Great Black Performers