Duke Ellington

“The Jazz Ambassadors” Premieres Friday, May 4

Discover how the Cold War and Civil Rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie and American Masters Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially-charged Soviet propaganda through their music. Narrated by Leslie Odom, Jr., the new PBS documentary The Jazz Ambassadors features a new interview with American Master Quincy Jones, striking archival film footage, photos, radio […]

Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One

About Sarah Vaughan

Jazz critic Leonard Feather called her “the most important singer to emerge from the bop era.” Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s “greatest singing talent.” During the course of a career that spanned nearly fifty years, she was the singer’s singer, influencing everyone from Mel Torme to Anita Baker. She was among the musical elite […]

Duke Ellington

About Duke Ellington

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” Considered one of the greatest jazz composers of all time, Duke Ellington had an enormous impact on the popular music of the late 20th century. Among his more than two thousand songs are such hits as “In A Sentimental Mood,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “I Got […]