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Duke's Management Arts

Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268463.003.0032
Duke's Management Arts

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In this chapter, Clark Terry describes the ways in which Duke Ellington managed his orchestra band and its music. He could persuade anyone jazzwise, like he persuaded Clark to play Buddy Bolden. Duke had full command of the English language, and his diction was flawless. Duke demanded the best from each musician in his band. He had a compelling tonality in his voice that would make it difficult to doubt whatever he was talking about. He had to deal with the high strung, the low strung, and the strung out. He did all of it with finesse. He knew how to make each man feel important and appreciated, which garnered absolute devotion. He knew each musician as well as he knew his own music, what motivated them, what their problems were, how to encourage them and that was the gist of Duke's managerial position.

Keywords: Clark Terry; Duke Ellington; managerial position; musician; band

Chapter.  626 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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