Music Matters this week turns part of its attention to the Duke:
The Ellington Century. We all - well, most of us - lived through it, and are quite possibly living through it still. The title of David Schiff's new book on Duke Ellington stakes a bold but believable claim that Duke was at the centre of 20th century music, and that his influence continues today - as well as making a plea to play Duke's music live rather than rely on his recordings. Ellington is the centre of the Venn diagram of contemporary music, a jazz musician who wrote thousands of works, a composer of genius who was also one of the great improvisers. I talk to David about why it's Ellington's century, and doyen of jazz on Radio 3, Geoffrey Smith, and pianist Julian Joseph, tell me what they make of the book.