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Stephanie Stein Crease is a music journalist with extensive experience in the recording industry. Her previous book, Gil Evans: Out of the Cool, won the 2002 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and was nominated for Best Jazz Book by the Jazz Journalists Association. She lives in New York City.
"The many black-and-white excellent photos show up well on the glossy pages ... an informative account in an attractive paperback format." --Booklist "Stein Crease delivers a closely written biography bespeaking her Ellington scholarship." --Kirkus Reviews "[A] thorough look at Ellington's musical life and legacy." -- School Library Journal "Crease's wonderful book has earned the phrase Ellington reserved for his highest praise: It is beyond category." --David Hadju, former president of the Duke Ellington Society and author, Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn "Fabulous read." -- Rutherford Parent , Nashville Parent and Williamson Parent "Accessible to today's youngsters." -- New Orleans Magazine "A great musical adventure" -- Education.com "A good book, and quite interesting ... the activities are kid-friendly ... this book will quickly become a favourite." --syvjournal.com, Sunday Journal , and The Chicago Crusader