Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was a composer, pianist, and big band leader.

 Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the words of Bob Blumenthal of the Boston Globe “In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Edward Kennedy Ellington.

Ellington called his music “American Music” rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as “beyond category”.

Ellington led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974. His son Mercer Ellington, who had already been handling all administrative aspects of his father’s business for several decades, led the band until his own death in 1996. At that point, the original band dissolved. Paul Ellington, Mercer’s youngest son and executor of the Duke Ellington estate,kept the Duke Ellington Orchestra going from Mercer’s death onwards.

This is one of his wonderful performance don’t miss it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brqxEdwsTQs

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