Since the paperback edition of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, my most recent book, will be coming out on November 4, it gives me special pleasure to pass along the news that Duke has just won an ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for “outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.”
According to the press release:
The Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the pop music field recognizes Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, written Terry Teachout and published by Gotham Books. This award honors the memory of the late Tim White (1952-2002), the author of many acclaimed musical biographies and an Editor-in-Chief of Billboard magazine….
The Awards were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer, critic and commentator Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP. The Awards have been renamed this year to also honor the memory of Virgil Thomson (1896–1989), one of the leading American composers and critics, and a former member of the ASCAP board of directors. The 46th ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards are made possible by the generous support of ASCAP, The ASCAP Foundation and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.
I rejoice in this great honor.
For more information about the prizes, go here.