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Basic Black; Ellington’s Sentimental Mood


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Basic Black
Ellington’s Sentimental Mood
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

One hundred years after the birth of the great pianist/composer/bandleader Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, Basic Black and WGBH Radio are celebrating his life and music in an hour-long special co-production. Taped in WGBH's Studio A in January 1999, the special features the Boston-based Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra performing such Ellington favorites as "The Mooche," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Sentimental Mood" and "C-Jam Blues." ‘GBH/89.7fm Jazz Gallery host Ron Gill, an authority on the songs of Ellington collaborator Billy Strayhorn, joins the band as guest soloist on "Take the A Train" and "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)." To give further context to Ellington's life and music, actor Rashid Silvera portrays Ellington in brief segments between musical pieces, working from a script drawn from Ellington's own writings that reveals personal details of the composer's life as well as reflections on his creative output.



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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
Chicago: “Basic Black; Ellington’s Sentimental Mood,” 04/29/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 26, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_92941981FDE84AF38E21583173D1CFCA.
MLA: “Basic Black; Ellington’s Sentimental Mood.” 04/29/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 26, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_92941981FDE84AF38E21583173D1CFCA>.
APA: Basic Black; Ellington’s Sentimental Mood. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_92941981FDE84AF38E21583173D1CFCA
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