Duke Ellington

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  • Duke Ellington Biography

    meant these words when he said them (Bio.com). Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, who is popularly known as Duke Ellington, is the man being talked about here (Encyclopedia). Duke had a warm childhood, a busy adulthood, and a legacy that will never be forgotten which included him composing the song “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” (Bio.com). Duke Ellington was born on April 29th, 1899 in Washington, D.C. He was born to two talented, loving parents and was raised in an African American, middle-class neighborhood (Bio.com). His mother’s name was Daisy Kennedy Ellington and his father’s name was James Edward…

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  • Edward Kennedy: Duke Ellington

    Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington D.C. His parents are James Edward and Daisy Ellington. Ellington’s Father was methodist while his mother was baptist. Thus Ellington’s upbringing had many religious influences on the household and his childhood. As a child Ellington was very artistic and many people noticed. Duke Ellington parents were both talented and musical. Ellington rejected an art scholarship and instead decided to devote his time to his first…

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  • Duke Ellington: The Soda Fountain Rag

    Duke Ellington was born Edward Kennedy Ellington on April 29, 1899. The name “Duke” was a nickname given to him because of his choice of clothing. Duke’s parent both worked to live a decent life his mother a domestic and his father a butler who had a part-time catering business. Duke studied piano since the age of seven and was influences by pianist, James Johnson and Willie the Lion Smith. He wrote his first song “The Soda Fountain Rag”, at the age of seventeen. This title was influenced by a…

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  • Duke Ellington Research Paper

    Duke Ellington is an originator of big-band jazz, Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and band leader who composed thousands of scores over his 50 year career. Duke Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 In Washington, D.C. At the age of 7 he started learning piano and got the nickname duke. He wrote his first composition ‘soda fountain rag’ at the age of 15. He was awarded an art Scholarship in the Pratt institute in Brooklyn, New York, Ellington followed his passion for ragtime…

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  • Virtual Jazz Concert Analysis

    For my own virtual jazz band, I wanted to try and pick jazz musicians who could mend well with a dance or a swing band. Max Roach on drums, Charles Mingus on bass, Benny Goodman on clarinet, Lester Young on tenor sax, Cannonball Adderly on alto sax, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton on trombone, Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway as singers, and Duke Ellington on piano and as the bandleader. The group would have the style of early 20th century dance bands and do a live…

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  • The Role Of Jazz In The 1920's

    Karchgani Ms. Clendenin U.S. History - Period 2 16 December 2015 Jazz in the 1920’s From New Orleans, Louisiana to all over the world, jazz music has made its mark as an important part of the 1920’s. This genre of music came from all the different groups of people who lived in New Orleans since the 1800s. When musicians of different ethnicities came together, they would mix their styles and share their music. (mhschool) To the elderly, it was thought to be immoral and they believed that jazz…

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  • It Dont Mean A Thing If It Ain T Got That Swing Analysis

    Around the turn of the 1930s, music took an interesting ride with the earliest fully documented particular style of Jazz music emerging, which was centered in New Orleans, Louisiana; swing. It was not only a musical pastime, but a way of life; as those who brought it to us will live on forever. Duke Ellington was a pioneer of Renaissance jazz and one of the great elite jazz artists of his time. His most popular 1930 piece was "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing". Around 1931,…

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  • Billy Strayhorn's Contributions To Music

    Billy Strayhorn was an incredibly gifted musician, as well as a talented arranger and composer, who was best known for his work while in the band Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. His love for music stemmed from his mother, a classically trained pianist, and from playing hymns on his grandmother’s piano at a young age. Strayhorn preferred to work in the shadows, content to arrange and compose music for the band as his employer wanted. Through working with Ellington, Strayhorn blossomed as an…

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  • Edward Kennedy Ellington: Music Analysis

    Edward Kennedy Ellington was one of the most famous jazz composers and performers of the twentieth century. It is a well-known fact that Duke Ellington went down in history of jazz music as one of the most significant composers, as well as outstanding bandleader, who led his own musical group of about fifty years. Thus, the main aims of this project are to think about Duke Ellington, and discuss how he fits into the history of jazz, dwelling on his style and other details with more attention.…

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  • Why Is Billie Holiday Successful

    York along with her mother. That same year, she began singing in local clubs and renamed herself to Billie after the film star Billie Dove. At the age of eighteen, Holiday was discovered by producer John Hammond while she was performing in a Harlem jazz club. Hammond was important in getting her to collaborate with clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman. With Goodman, Billie sang vocals for several tracks such as “Riffin the Scotch.” Known for her distinctive phrasing and expressive,…

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