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Duke Ellington: Behind The Jazz

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Duke Ellington's jazzy orchestrations are the stuff of music legends. However, his star power hid a very private life.

In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, Wall Street Journal drama critic and biographer Terry Teachout takes us into the world of Ellington.

Guest:

  • Terry Teachout is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of commentary. His books include Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington and Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.