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Ann Meets Mr. Ellington

From: Kerry Seed
Length: 06:05

Ann Searcy is a 76-year-old jazz singer. She grew up as one of the only people of color in Old Orchard Beach, Maine where music legend, Duke Ellington, became her mentor.

Default-piece-image-0 Ann Searcy is a 76-year-old jazz singer. She grew up as one of the only people of color in Old Orchard Beach, Maine where music legend, Duke Ellington, became her mentor. Versions of this story aired on Maine Public Radio's Maine Things Considered 1/13/2003 and on NPR's All Things Considered 4/29/2003. This piece was produced at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

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Ann Searcy is a 76-year-old jazz singer. She grew up as one of the only people of color in Old Orchard Beach, Maine where music legend, Duke Ellington, became her mentor. Versions of this story aired on Maine Public Radio's Maine Things Considered 1/13/2003 and on NPR's All Things Considered 4/29/2003. This piece was produced at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

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Review of Ann Meets Mr. Ellington

Anne Searcy's dreamy and detailed storytelling transport you to the salty coastal town of Orchard Beach, Maine in the early 30's. Her recollections of meeting Duke Ellington, of becoming a jazz singer in her own right, of being one of the few blacks living among whites are so unsentimental--and so real--that you are left with a solid appreciation for a woman, an era, the power of music. Production wise this piece is excellent. Seed's writing and narration are effective in their simplicity. He also treats the numerous opportunities to use music with discretion?nothing is gratuitous or overdone. This is a perfect piece for ATC or ME. It would be a nice addition to any Duke Ellington tribute. It is no doubt a good choice for Black History Month.

Broadcast History

Versions of this story aired on Maine Public Radio's Maine Things Considered 1/13/2003 and on NPR's All Things Considered 4/29/2003.

Musical Works

Tenderly, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

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http://www.kerryseed.org