Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

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Overview

Another stunning picture book biography of a prominent twentieth-century African-American in the arts, from the creative team behind Alvin Ailey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786814206
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 01/28/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 99,071
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney has written several acclaimed picture books, works of non fiction, and novels. Her titles for middle-grade readers include Solo Girl, Raven in a Dove House, Silent Thunder, and Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Honor winner. She is also the author of the picture books Alvin Ailey; Duke Ellington (a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book); and Ella Fitzgerald, each illustrated by her husband and frequent collaborator, Brian Pinkney. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

Brian Pinkney (www.brianpinkney.net) is the illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Books Duke Ellington and The Faithful Friend, and the Coretta Scott King Award winner In the Time of the Drums.

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Duke Ellington : The Piano Prince and His Orchestra 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mdrumgold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The famous Duke Ellington was one of the most famous composers of the 20th century. As a young boy Duke hated taking piano lessons. Read this story to see how evolved jazz music.
ecosborne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was illustrated beautifully. it lent a whole new aspect to Duke Ellington's story that wouldn't have been there if there were no picture. Duke Ellington initially hated the piano so it was interesting to learn that he was famous for playing the piano.
bookcat27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is a biography about Duke Ellington, one of the early figures in the development of jazz. What makes this story so good is that it is told in the vernacular of the time period when jazz was just starting. We learn about Duke and how his parents wanted him to play the piano. Duke had other ideas and quit. Years later he would hear someone play the piano in a different way which was called Ragtime. He decided he needed to learn how to play this kind of music. He started his own band which grew into an orchestra. After a successful run at the Cotton Club, he toured the US and abroad. He became known for his unusual way of playing and his compositions were something special. He made his Carnegie Hall debut on January, 23, 1943 and the rest is history. The text is just wonderful as it gives the reader a true flavor of the word of jazz and how people talked about it. The illustrations are top notch and tell us as much as the text does about the influence jazz had on the African American musician and the audiences that flocked to hear them.
CathyEarhart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century Duke Ellington, "the king of keys" When Duke was younger his parents begged him to play the piano, he thought it was boring. Then one day he heard a man playing "ragtime" music and that was music to his ears he loved it. So he was back on the piano. He formed a band that was very sucessful. Playing at a nightclub called "Cotton Club" Harlem's hottest night spot. Over time he and his orchestra became known nation wide.I liked this booked because its very positive and enlighting. Its a good book to read because it shows that people can become very sucessful doing something that they love.I can relate this in my classroom by having my children right a page over something that enjoy doing. Maybe something that didn't like at first but enjoy doing now.
cvyork on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was kind of dry because of the pages devoted to the descriptions of the soloist in Duke's Orchestra, but like Ella, is informational
PatsyAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grades: 3-5Genre: BiographyThemes: Music, Black History, perseveranceThis picture book describes Duke Ellington's music and life in vivid color through the beautiful illustrations. The language works in the story as well. There are a number of ways to use this book in the classroom. It could be used for Black history lessons. I like the figurative language and would also use this story to teach children how you can almost hear the instruments playing the songs by the words the author uses to describe them.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) Duke Ellington: the Piano Prince and his orchestra by Snadrea Pinkney: is a book about his life his times his music to inspire the masses and tell the musical story of life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read I would recommend it for anyone interested in Duke Ellington.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A swingin' book for a swingin' musician.
Guest More than 1 year ago
English 385.004 8 February 2001 Critical Reflection #1 Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Duke Ellington. New York: Hyperion Books For Children, 1998. Edward Kennedy Ellington preferred that people call him ¿Duke¿; people did and the name stuck. His parents, Daisy and J.E, signed him up for piano lessons when he was just a young boy. At first the lessons didn¿t impress Duke, and he stopped taking them. He didn¿t like the slow, boring symphony music; he liked jazzy, upbeat music. Duke didn¿t touch a piano again until one day when he heard that pianos could play the music that he liked to listen to. After he heard the music he could possibly compose on the piano, his parents couldn¿t drag him away from playing the ¿ivory eighty eights.¿ The illustrations in this book reflect the themes of the story. This vibrant-colored narrative was published in 1998, and won the Caldecott award for it¿s outstanding rich, soulful art and well developed, fun stories. All of the pages in this book are filled with bright colors that make it a joy to read. Duke¿s belief in and dedication to African American artistic expression and historic struggles are very clear throughout this story. Duke loved all the attention, and the people loved giving it to him, they could relate to his music. When he found people through his music who shared his love for jazz he reached out to them with his wonderful tunes. Brian and Andrea Davis Pinkney, a husband and wife team, created this masterpiece of wonderful illustrations and a truly heart-warming story. With each turn of the page, the reader absorbs bright, colorful pictures that almost make the words jump off the page. Pinkney paints a young black boy playing the piano with swirls of musical notes dancing around his head. The reader can almost see how involved Duke is becoming with his new-found love of the piano. Throughout the story, Duke made vast improvements in his piano skills. He played in clubs all around Washington, D.C. and soon people knew and asked for him by name. The reader can [almost] feel Duke¿s excitement when he finally plays in ¿Harlem¿s swankiest hangout,¿ the Cotton Club. The sign for the Cotton Club lights up the pages as [it shows the outside of the club] as people approach the door to go in and dance. As the story progresses, Pinkney mentions Duke¿s ¿main man,¿ Billy Strayhorn, who helps Duke put lyrics to his music. The image of the two men working together at a great grand piano sets the musical mood. Since this picture is smaller than most of the other pictures in the book, the readers get a more quiet, calm feeling. The reader can tell that the two men are hard at work because the picture concentrates on their collaboration. Together Duke and Billy composed many songs; among them is a song called ¿Take the ¿A¿ Train¿ that became a best seller when it came out. One of the most colorful and bright pictures in the story comes when the narrator tells about the song that Duke composed to celebrate the history of African American people. The song, ¿Black, Brown and Beige¿ was ¿a suite that rocked the bosom and lifted the soul.¿ It sang of the honor, glory and successes of the black community ¿from the days of slavery to years of civil rights struggle.¿ Even though the history of African Americans is arduous, the colors in this picture book remind the reader that the song represents triumph, not defeat. The colors in the picture shoot out of the instruments of the orchestra, causing a collision of color, fun and excitement.