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Washington, D.C., USA (1899 – 1974)

Duke Ellington (Edward Kennedy Ellington, April 29, 1899 - May 24, 1974) was an American jazz composer, pianist and bandleader, one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music.
Duke Ellington composed over 3000 songs, including: “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”, “Sophisticated Lady”, “Mood Indigo”, “Solitude”, “In a Mellotone”, and “Satin Doll”.

Through the ranks of Duke Ellington & His Orchestra passed some of the biggest names in jazz, including Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Bubber Miley, Barney Bigard, Ben Webster, Harry Carney, Sonny Greer, Otto Hardwick, Clark Terry, Jimmy Blanton, Ray Nance, Paul Gonsalves, and Wellman Braud. Many musicians stayed with him for decades. And while all of them were remarkable in their own right, and they all would have probably made it into the annals of jazz history no matter who they played for, it was Ellington’s genius as a composer, pianist, bandleader, celebrity personality, and, most importantly, arranger, that made them the most incredible orchestral unit in the history of jazz. His ability to write and arrange for personalities, rather than instruments, made every solo and every section of every arrangement breathe with character. A giant on the 20th century American cultural scene, Duke Ellington was widely regarded as a legend during his own lifetime.

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  • MisterJunior

    @twajjo What the hell are you talking about? The site's not without its flaws but the scrobbler works fine except when there are technical issues, which happen with every website/program/app from time to time. Anyway, I can't say enough great things about Duke Ellington. It would be almost impossible to overstate Ellington's importance to Jazz/American music. I would say that he's the best American composer of the 20th century, possibly the greatest American composer of all time, and very likely the most important musical figure of the 20th century as well. His significance as one of the first black composers/musicians to be recognized as a great artist is imperative, too. He made masterpiece after masterpiece and incorporated countless styles of music into his own work, always retaining his own personal style and vision. If there were a Mt. Rushmore for American music his would have to be the first face to be chiseled into its side.

    26 Jan 4:46am Reply
  • Hmelyov

    И здесь российские тролли уже отметились! Имхо, классика жанра! Хоть пальцы до костяшек сотрите и клаву до дыр! )))

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kirillka666

    Самый лучший джаз- это джаз чёрных парней.

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Wuhdo

    Yes definitely

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • SilentDerp

    Plot of the week ; Is twajjo retared ? Yes [X] No [_]

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • twajjo

    I wish that Last FM scrobbler actually fucking worked, then it might help people find good music; but, sadly, it does not. That's why people who follow my blog have NEVER heard of a great artist like the DUKE, Fuck you LAST.fm. No wonder you are LAST!

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    atéw umas horas

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    duke ellington, love of my life [2]

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • deadlygoodmusic

    Read my review of "Ellington at newport " http://deadlygoodmusic.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/duke-ellington-ellington-at-newport-1956/ More reviews will follow at least on a daily base!

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • kimarah92

    Love

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • nechaev-misha

    Утка Элингтон

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • nobledeath

    For me, he was The King of Jazz rather than Paul Whiteman. He contributed a lot in Jazz.

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • Marpul23

    Origins and sources of jazz, the story how jazz has transformed into one of the most interesting style in the history of music. http://www.laboratoriummuzycznychfuzji.com/2014/03/labopedia-geneza-i-zroda-jazzu-czyli.html

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • citruses

    duke ellington, love of my life

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • trillwave

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    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    великий композитор. пожалуй, единственный из черных, кто реально сравнялся с классиками.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    Sam Woodyard

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    #1 Jazz Master.

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Overture1383

    Дюк Эллингтон великий джазовый композитор!

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Overture1383

    Parlasha, ну ты и дебил...

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
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