This story originally appeared on February 17, 2002


 Ellington–The Early Years
by Mark Tucker
This superb bio of the Duke has two parts: his youth in Washington and his early career in New York City. Mr. Tucker captures the atmosphere of early twentieth century Washington and its profound influence on this musical genius. Most interesting is how the author describes the creative process of composing music, accompanied by various bars of Ellington's works. Also contains a list and description of his written & recorded works.
6” x 9” 350 pages, index, photos, paperbound

#239 Ellington
was $17.95 now $14.95

 Black Washington Places and Events of Historical and Cultural Significance in the Nation's Capital
by Sandra Fitzpatrick and Maria R. Goodwin
This remarkable guidebooks details over 150 sites and institutions which have shaped black history and traditions both in Washington and throughout the country. It weaves together historical overviews, lively anecdotes, and plenty of useful information. The book is organized as fifteen walking tours of neighborhoods such as Foggy Bottom, Shaw, Georgetown, Howard Univ., downtown, and more.
6” x 9” 240 pages, paperbound
#346 Black Washington $16.95

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