DUKE ELLINGTON (Courier File Photo) by Jerry HarkavyAssociated Press Writer “Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” (Gotham Books), by Terry Teachout Duke Ellington died nearly 40 years ago, but for jazz fans of a certain age his musical creativity and elegant style remain timeless. Whether he was leading his orchestra in “Take the A Train,” the composition by collaborator Billy Strayhorn that became Ellington’s theme, or assuring his fans in his velvety bass-baritone that he loved them madly, the Duke’s public persona as a jazz giant has endured for half a century.
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Patrons view items on display at the Louis Armstrong House Museum Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) by Ula IlnytzkyAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — To mark the 10th anniversary of the Louis Armstrong museum in the modest brick house where he lived for 28 years, curators are unveiling one of the jazz trumpeter’s most unusual artifacts — a plaster mask that had been stored in a cupboard for decades. Armstrong, who documented his career in unusual ways, had the life mask with a painted bronze-patina finish made in the 1950s. David Reese, curator of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, said it reveals creases on his forehead, bags under his eyes and scars on his lips from a lifetime of horn-playing.
by Meghan BarrAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama hosted a luncheon for the spouses of foreign dignitaries Tuesday in Harlem, a historic New York City neighborhood she calls a “quintessentially American” cultural gem. The first lady spoke to about 50 spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government who are attending the UN General Assembly.