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From the Archives, Duke Ellington Edition: Catching Up with Mercer Ellington.

Band leader and composer Mercer Ellington, the son of Duke Ellington. He perpetuated the big band tradition his father made famous as head of the Duke Ellington Band. With the death of his father in 1974, Mercer Ellington took over his father's orchestra. Mercer died in 1996. (REBROADCAST from 5/3/89)


Other segments from the episode on April 22, 1999

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 22, 1999: Interview with Mercer Ellington, Part 1; Interview with Dave Frishberg; Interview with Max Roach; Interview with Dave Brubeck; Interview with Mercer…


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