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Ellington’s early years spotlighted on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Library

On Saturday afternoon, 5 June 2010, CMCI Lecturer Harvey G. Cohen guested on Jazz Library for an hour on BBC Radio 3, hosted by Alyn Shipton, who was recently named Jazz Broadcaster of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. From the Cotton Club to national icon, Cohen traces Ellington’s finest output from the decade starting in 1928. He guides Alyn Shipton through jungle music, the first extended works and the finest Ducal small groups, as well as offering insights from his recent book Duke Ellington’s America (University of Chicago Press). Unlike other Ellington-themed broadcasts Cohen has participated in lately, this one features mostly Ellington music instead of discussion — perhaps a welcome proposition for the CCI MA students who have told him they wish they could hear more of Ellington’s music.

The broadcast is available for a week on the BBC iPlayer:

The enclosed photo of Shipton and Cohen (in purple) was taken last month when they appeared together at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival; Cohen is a member of the Advisory Group of the Festival. Photo by Alison Denyer.
A copy of Cohen’s book, Duke Ellington’s America was reviewed by the New York Times. The review can be read on the New York Times website:

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