Duke 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.
Ellington's stay at the Cotton Club has become one of the enduring legends of Jazz. Movies, songs and books have celebrated the orchestra's residency at the club which was located on the second floor of 644 Lexington at the corner of West 142nd Street in the Harlem section of New… read more
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