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Duke Ellington

(1899—1974) American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader


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Anatomy Of A Murder (Duke Ellington album)

And His Mother Called Him Bill (Duke Ellington album)

Armstrong, Louis/Duke Ellington - The Great Summit: The Master Takes

At Newport (1956) (Duke Ellington album)

Barbara Reeves-Ellington, Kathryn Kish Sklar, Connie A. Shemo, editors. Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and the American Protestant Empire, 1812-1960. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. 2010. Pp. xii, 415. Cloth $89.95, paper $24.95

Berlin '65/Paris '67 (Duke Ellington album)

Black, Brown And Beige (Ellington, Duke, Featuring Mahalia Jackson album)

Blanton-Webster Years (Duke Ellington album)

Blue Rose (Rosemary Clooney/Duke Ellington & His Orchestra album)

Blues In Orbit (Duke Ellington album)

Blutopia: Visions of the Future and Revisions of the Past in the Work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and Anthony Braxton. By Graham Lock. (Durham: Duke University Press, 1999. xiv, 314 pp. Cloth, $54.95, ISBN 0-8223-2404-0. Paper, $18.95, ISBN 0-8223-2440-7.)

Carnegie Hall Concerts December 1944 (Duke Ellington album)

Chapter Two The Renaissance of Arranging: First Works for and with Duke Ellington

Clooney, Rosemary/Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Blue Rose

Compact Jazz: Ella And Duke (Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington album)

Complete Duke Ellington Songbook (Ella Fitzgerald album)

A Date with the Duke: Ellington on Radio

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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (Duke Ellington/John Coltrane album)

Duke Ellington: “George Gershwin” (1973)

Duke Ellington (1899–1974)

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1924-1927 (Duke Ellington album)

1927-1928 (Duke Ellington album)

1928 (Duke Ellington album)

 

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(b Washington, DC, 1899; d NY, 1974).

Amer. composer, pianist, and jazz‐band leader. One of the most influential figures in the history of jazz. From 1927 to 1932 his band established its fame at the Cotton Club, NY. Later it toured Europe (1933 and 1939), attracting and influencing several composers; though re‐formed several times, some of its members remained with Ellington for over 30 years. Among his most celebrated players were Johnny Hodges (sax.), Barney Bigard (cl.), Cootie Williams (tpt.), Lawrence Brown (tb.), and Harry Carney (bar. sax.). Wrote about 6,000 comps., among best known being Mood Indigo, Solitude, Caravan, Sophisticated Lady, Black and Tan Fantasy, Creole Love Call, and Black, Brown, and Beige.

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