Duke Ellington

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Duke Ellington

1.Duke studied music and art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York2.In 1959 Duke was awarded the Springarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).3. Duke was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon4.Duke received honorary doctorates from Howard and Yale Universities and was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation in 1999.5.France bestowed upon Duke the Legion of Honor6. Duke's full name is Edward Kennedy Ellington7Ellington got his nickname of “Duke” from a childhood friend who commented on his elegant manners, bearing, and dress.8.Duke was the first jazz musician to be elected as a member of the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm. 9. Duke won 12 Grammys10. Duke Ellington is the first African-American musician on a circulating U.S. coin, his image on the District of Columbia quarter.


Apr 29, 1899 - May 24, 1974

Duke Ellington evolved the genre of Jazz. By proof of hisl receiving numerous awards, Ellington is regarded as a jazz icon. Elington is a composer, pianist, and a band leader. During this time, jazz is a common genre of music to listen to; however, Ellington stands out because of his pursuit to establish the "perfect synthesis between soloist and the orchestra...achieving a unity of purpose that was consistently greater than the sum of its parts" (New World Encyclopedia). All in all, Ellingtons's focus and skill directed towards the meticulous aspects of jazz, put that genre to another level of brilliance and sophistication.

Lasting Impact

Through his music and through his rectitude, Ellington transcends the limits imposed on black musicians who are generally seen as mere entertainers.


"Duke Ellington." - New World Encyclopedia. N.p., 21 Sept. 2006. Web. 29 Nov. 2013.Teachout, Terry. "The Duke and the Reds." Culture and Civilization 135.2 (2013): 55-58. Literary Reference Center. Web. 30 Nov. 2013.

Duke Ellington



A sample of Ellington's brilliance (One of my favorites of his) and as you listen you will enjoy the beautiful combination of all the instruments complimenting one another in making such a beautiful song.

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

"By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with."

Another interesting fact is that Ellington was formerly mistaken as a communist. His son states, "'You know why he was anti-Communist? Because he was so religious, and anything that downed religion had to be wrong. Additionally, 'he liked the idea of one day becoming rich'"( Teachout). Thus, Duke Ellington is a Republican.

Louis Armstrong is a trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, film star and comedian. He is also known as Satcho and Pops. He is a very influential jazz musician in the roaring 20s

Joseph "King Oliver is a cornet player and is the teacher and mentor of Louis Armstrong. He was known for his use of mutes in his jazz music.


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