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Duke.. Duke…. Duke Ellington?!!

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

When thinking about jazz, people sometimes tend to just think of the sound of the music rather than the musician who created it. However you CANNOT disregard one of the best Jazz Musicians in History!!

Ladies and Gentlemen...

Edward Kennedy Ellington was born April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C. and was raised by two talented, musical parents in a middle-class neighborhood of Washington D.C.

At the age of seven, he began studying piano and earned the nickname "Duke" for his gentlemanly ways. Inspired by his job as a "soda jerk," he wrote his first composition, "Soda Fountain Rag," at the age of 15. This located and mainstreamed his talent and earned him the oppurtunity to an art scholarship to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Ellington followed his passion for ragtime and began to play professionally at age 17. From there until now, Ellington is known as an amazing Jazz Pianist.

Ellington developed to be a huge figure in the history of jazz music. His career spanned more than half a century, during which time he composed thousands of songs for stage, screen and contemporary songbook. He created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in Western music and continued to play what he called "American Music" until shortly before his death in 1974.

"The wise musicians are those who pay what they can master" -Duke Ellington

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