Ellington: A Sort Of Memoir

Reminiscence Gordon Parks

Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington in 1960, by Gordon Parks. Courtesy of and copyright the Gordon Parks Foundation.

I was seventeen when I first saw Duke Ellington. It was in an alley behind the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He arrived for his performance that summer  [...]

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Issue 24



Spring 2016


Gordon Parks (1912–2006) was a prominent photojournalist, working for Life magazine for several decades, as well as a composer, novelist, and filmmaker. He received the 1988 National Medal of Arts.


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