Duke Ellington introduces his troupe before the concert at Rangh Bhawan in Bombay on October 10, 1963.

Duke Ellington introduces his troupe before the concert at Rangh Bhawan in Bombay on October 10, 1963.

Washington-born Duke Ellington has been heralded as the greatest American jazz composer of his time. Even 50 years after his death, one can expect the repertoire of any jazz musician to include Ellington-led tunes like “In A Sentimental Mood,” “Sophisticated Lady” and “Take the ‘A’ Train.” Yet, despite his place in music history, few were privy to details about the composer’s personal life and background. Wall Street Journal critic and author Terry Teachout joins Kojo to discuss the story behind the enigmatic musician and his unusual process of composing.

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  • Terry Teachout Drama critic, Wall Street Journal; author, "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington"

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