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Dancing RevelationsAlvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture$
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Thomas F. DeFrantz

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301717.001.0001

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Ailey Celebrates Ellington

Ailey Celebrates Ellington

(p.160) Eight Ailey Celebrates Ellington
Dancing Revelations

Thomas F. DeFrantz

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the interest of Alvin Ailey in the history of African American musical forms, especially modern jazz. He collaborated with various classically trained jazz musicians for his jazz ballet including Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and Keith Jarrett. But the bulk of his jazz ballets, a total of eleven, was created to the music by Duke Ellington. Ailey explained that he hoped to align his own ascent to that of Ellington, who regularly made acknowledgements for his work beyond traditional categories of musicianship.

Keywords:   Alvin Ailey, modern jazz, jazz ballets, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Keith Jarrett

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