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Lonesome Roads and Streets of DreamsPlace, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and ’40s$
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Andrew S. Berish

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226044941

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226044965.001.0001

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A Locomotive Laboratory of Place: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

A Locomotive Laboratory of Place: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

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(p.119) Three A Locomotive Laboratory of Place: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
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Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226044965.003.0004

This chapter turns to the Duke Ellington Orchestra, concentrating on “Air-Conditioned Jungle” and the four-part The Deep South Suite from the 1946 Chicago Civic Opera House show. Competing voices, meanings, and representations of the spatial experiences of black America can be heard by closely listening to the music of the Ellington Orchestra. The “Air-Conditioned Jungle” and the four-part The Deep South Suite were both explicitly place-themed, and showed with particular clarity the complexities of the band's musical evocation of American places. “Air-Conditioned Jungle” was a musical place of intense movement and fragmentation, but it was also a place of order through communicative dialogue. The Deep South Suite was the combined product of seventeen musicians and their own personal histories. “Magnolias” and “Happy-Go-Lucky Local” aroused images of the region that are soaked in myth and nostalgia as well as a difficult, often cruel reality.

Keywords:   Duke Ellington Orchestra, Air-Conditioned Jungle, Deep South Suite, Chicago Opera House, Magnolias, Happy-Go-Lucky

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