Black, Brown and Beige: Influences and Predecessors

Duke Ellington's groundbreaking masterpiece Black, Brown and Beige debuted in 1943, but scholars believe he had been exploring its themes since the early 1930s. Listen to our curated playlist for music that preceded and inspired Ellington to compose one of his greatest works.

Listen to Blue Engine Records's release of Black, Brown and Beige by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis or download it on our web store.