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Will Marion Cook

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195098228
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0013
Will Marion Cook

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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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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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