Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket.
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April 21, 2011 If being hopped up on baskets full of sugary springtime sweets doesn't put a spring in your step, then here are five songs to help you hop into the Easter spirit.
Cootie Williams of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
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April 12, 2011 Every successful big band leader featured brilliant soloists, but Duke Ellington spotlighted his men apart from the rest. Ellington specifically targeted his musicians' strengths and accentuated those attributes.
Steve Wilson introduces five alto saxophonists who've mastered this beast of a horn.
June 1, 2010 While the tenor sax is the most popular woodwind instrument in jazz, the alto sax holds a unique position. It's a beast of an instrument to master, and in Steve Wilson's 35 years behind the horn, he's only discovered his personal sound in the last 10. Here, Wilson introduces five alto sax grand masters.
Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy.
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November 26, 2008 The scope and breadth of Duke Ellington's compositions were far-reaching, drawing many influences together to create a cohesive and diverse sound. Composing consumed Ellington around the clock, and his musical legacy is a timeless contribution to American music.
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July 22, 2001 Host Lisa Simeone talks with Rob Bamberger about the life and music of alto saxophone player Johnny Hodges (1907-1970). For nearly 40 years, Hodges was a renowned soloist in the Duke Ellington band, known for his warm and creamy tone on ballads, and for his spirited, blues-drenched solos on up-tempo tunes. Rob Bamberger is the host of Hot Jazz Saturday Night, which is broadcast on NPR member station WAMU (www.wamu.org) in Washington, D.C., and on NPR Worldwide. Listeners can e-mail Rob at email@example.com.
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