Russell Davies presents a three-part tribute to the legendary composer Duke Ellington. The first programme looks at how as a young man he learnt the stride piano style and took a band to New York, where he made his name at the Cotton Club. Featuring the voices of his sister Ruth, his son Mercer, some Ellington bandsmen, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, and Ellington himself.
Russell Davies presents a three-part tribute to the legendary composer Duke Ellington. This second programme looks at how, in the 30s, Ellington expanded his orchestral resources and began his long collaboration with lyricist, composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn. In the 40s he was able to keep his orchestra on the road using some of his royalties to make up the financial shortfall.