Carter Harman Collection of Interviews with Duke Ellington, 1956, 1964, 1991
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
3 cu. ft. : 8 boxes
1956, 1964, 1991
Carter Harman (1918-2007) was a music critic, reporter, editor and producer who was first exposed to Duke Ellington and his music as a young child listening to radio broadcasts during the 1920s. After his World War II service, Harman became a music reporter for the New York TImes, and in 1952 became the music editor for Time. He interviewed Ellington after a performance in 1956. The remaining taped interviews took place in 1964 and were intended to be the basis for Ellington's autobiography to be ghost-written by Harman, a project which was never completed. After this he worked for the record label, Sounds of Our Times, and later was the executive director and producer of Composers Recordings, Inc.
Ten interviews Harman conducted with Duke Ellington, in 1956 and in 1964. The collection capures Duke Ellington's thoughts on music, performing, composing, and his personal history in his own voice in approximately 20 hours of interviews.
Carter Harman Collection of Interviews with Duke Ellington, 1956, 1964, 1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
1991.3084 (NMAH Acc.)
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