I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say Duke Ellington was one of the most important figures in American music history. The prolific musician, composer, and bandleader was an absolute giant in 20th century music, especially jazz. He accomplished just about everything you could possibly imagine a musician doing, and more: perfecting his own skill at the piano, composing hundreds of songs, working with dozens of record labels, surrounding himself with talent & producing other artists, leading world tours, scoring films, achieving huge commercial success, and ultimately influencing popular music for five decades and beyond. DUKE ELLINGTON: An American Composer and Icon is an impressive new 9″ x 12″ hardcover from Rizzoli, edited and designed by Steven Brower, which follows Ellington’s career as it progressed from the ’20s right through until his passing in the mid-’70s. With contributions from peers and experts like Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, and Quincy Jones, as well as Duke’s grand-daughter, dancer Mercedes Ellington, Brower builds an in-depth biography bolstered with 200 images including rare documents and personal objects. It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got that Swing!