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Dvorák to Duke EllingtonA Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots$
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Maurice Peress

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.001.0001

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Will Marion Cook

Will Marion Cook

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Dvorák to Duke Ellington

Maurice Peress

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes various highlights in the life of Dvor'k's student, Will Marion Cook, composer, conductor, and violinist. “Doc” Cook, was mentor, guide, and/or adviser to countless American artists. Among them were Ellington, “ ... things he used to tell me I never got a chance to use until ... I wrote the tone poem Black, Brown and Beige”; Eva Jessye, music educator and original choir mistress for Porgy and Bess and Four Saints in Three Acts; the composer, Harold Arlen; and the jazz saxophonist Sidney Bechet whom Cook discovered in Chicago. Cook is the central character in Josef Skvorecky's historical novel Dvořák in Love, and articles and radio broadcasts spring up every time he is rediscovered.

Keywords:   Eva Jessye, Porgy and Bess, Harold Arlen, Doc Cook, Sidney Bechet, Josef Skvorecky, Dvořák in Love

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