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Duke Ellington: Money Jungle

In the autumn of 1962 three jazz giants—Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach—met for an album session that has become legendary.

In the autumn of 1962 three jazz giants—Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach—met for an album session that has become legendary. (So legendary, in fact, that it’s inspired an audio storyboard). Years later, Roach observed, “We (Roach and Mingus) were supposed to be the hot young guys, but we were scrambling” to keep up with Ellington.

It’s “Money Jungle” this week on Night Lights, airing Saturday, October 8 at 11:05 p.m. on WFIU. We’ll also hear selections from an Ellington piano demo of selections from “The River Suite”, taken from the new Storyville release The Piano Player.

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