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Art Works Podcast: Giddins on Ellington

Washington, DC

This week’s podcast launches an occasional series in which we’ll celebrate influential artists from previous eras by exploring their work with noted critics, writers, or other artists. It is fitting that we kick off the series with Gary Giddins, the writer many consider to be America’s most outstanding jazz critic, talking about Duke Ellington, the musician many consider to be America’s most important jazz artist. Giddins is a discerning enthusiast who writes like a dream, and talks about jazz in general---and Ellington in particular---with intelligence, joy, and gusto.

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