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Good Read – Duke Ellington’s America

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Duke Ellington’s America
by Harvey G. Cohen

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Product Description:
With Duke Ellington’s America, Harvey G. Cohen paints a vivid picture of Ellington’s life and times, taking him from his youth in the black middle class enclave of Washington, D.C., to the heights of worldwide acclaim. Mining extensive archives, many never before available, plus new interviews with Ellington’s friends, family, band members, and business associates, Cohen illuminates his constantly evolving approach to composition, performance, and the music business—as well as issues of race, equality and religion. Ellington’s own voice, meanwhile, animates the book throughout, giving Duke Ellington’s America an intimacy and immediacy unmatched by any previous account.

Todd Hill says:

“Outstanding work looking at Duke Ellington’s life and career and tying it to events of the place and time – I have always maintained that music does not occur in a vacuum, and Cohen shows this assumption to be correct! Great reading!”

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Written by Matt Markgraf

December 8, 2010 at 11:11 am

Datebook: December 8 – John Lennon assassinated 30 years ago

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It’s Wednesday, December 8.

Santa visits Kenlake State Resort Park in Aurora Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

The National Quilt Museum has a free sugar cookie decorating event Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.  Make quilt designs on Cookies and enjoy consuming your handiwork, with cookies, icing and embellishments provided while supplies last.  The Museum is at 215 Jefferson in downtown Paducah.

The Purchase Players and the Community Performing Arts Center of Mayfield stage the musical  Meet Me in St. Louis Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.  The Center is at 9th and Water.  Call 270-251-9035 for $10 tickets.

The Kelly Community holds a community meeting to establish a Neighborhood Watch program and a Community Emergency Response team tomorrow at 7 p.m.  The meeting’s in the Fellowship Hall of Kelly Baptist Church on Highway 41.  Representatives of PADD, the Christian County Sheriff’s Department and Citizen Corps will be on hand.

Use the community events page at to keep up with this busy season.  Thanks for being with us!

morning cram [tenacious edition]

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“WikiLeaks will continue.”

~ Julian Assange’s lawyer tells NPR detention of the website’s founder won’t deter the site’s online presence.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s Mayor honors a longtime Sun journalist and the new city manager has his first day on the job. McCracken Co. Schools will decide who will build its school tomorrow. A tractor trailer tire fire shuts down I-24 East in Christian County. Murray’s business community rates city so-so. A Fort Campbell soldier is in custody after his wife was found dead at home. Fort Knox is still on track to become a big ole command center. The state’s Chamber of Commerce CEO outs prisons, Medicaid and public employee health as budget leeches. State officials warn scammers are targeting restaurants.

TENNESSEE~ Police say the man accused of murdering an elderly Buchanan couple has confessed to the crime. Gov. Bredesen is prepping Bill Haslam to handle the budget. OVC (Men’s) Basketball: APSU < Lipscomb; UTM < MO.