February 4, 2007
by Terry Carter - Council For Positive Images, Inc.
'A DUKE NAMED ELLINGTON,' the extraordinary, classic two-hour musical biography, makes its debut on DVD in 2007. An ideal tool for jazz research as well as the study of African-American culture, it captures the culturally transcendent genius and charisma of the man and his music, rooted in the Black experience.
Widely acclaimed as the best documentary ever created about one of the world's greatest musical artists, 'A DUKE NAMED ELLINGTON' was nominated in 1988 for an Emmy Award as "Outstanding Informational Special", and garnered international awards.
'A DUKE NAMED ELLINGTON' spans half a century, blending previously undiscovered performance footage with recollections of Ellington and his work. Highlights include great solo moments by celebrated virtuosi among the Ellington conglomerate, including saxophonists Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope, Harry Carney, and Ben Webster; clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton; and trumpeters Cootie Williams and Cat Anderson.
The 'A DUKE NAMED ELLINGTON' DVD is available online: www.dukeellingtondvd.com or by telephone: 1(800)343-5540.
October 9, 2006: A Duke Named Ellington was screened at the National Music Center and Museum in Washington DC, and was followed by a Question & Answer session, with Producer-Director Terry Carter, jazz scholars and experts on the Ellington legacy participating.
July 5 - 17, 2007: A Duke Named Ellington was screened aboard the MS Rotterdam, on the first-ever North Sea Jazz Festival Cruise.
April 29, 2007: A Duke Named Ellington was screened at the Lincoln Centerís Walter Reade Theater in New York City, to commemorate the 108th birthday of Duke Ellington.