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    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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    Duke Ellington Duke Ellington was a famous jazz musician in the 1920s. He was the leader of a band and composed songs such as “Ko-Ko”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing”, and “Cotton Tail”. The jazz he played was distinctive just like his band was. Ellington was more than just a musician, however. Many people thought he was an apolitical man, however this was untrue. Ellington, like most Americans, practiced his rights in politics. Duke Ellington spent his life focused on…

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    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’s Past: Duke Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 into a middle-class family that lived in Washington D.C. Growing up Duke was a very talented boy. He began learning the piano at the age of 7 age and he was also interested in art. Because of his gentlemanly ways he was nicknamed “Duke”. When he was 15 he wrote his first composition which was called “Soda Fountain Rag”. At the age of 17 Duke was awarded an art scholarship to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in New York but he denied…

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    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 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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    Duke Ellington once stated, “A problem is a chance for you to do your best”. The American jazz legend suggests that when there is a problem, there will always be a better way to solve it. A problem is like a lock and a solution is like a key, though the only way to unlock it is by turning in the right direction. Although there are several reasons why I agree with Duke Ellington, the three most important are everyone solves problems, learning from a problem will help it not occur in the future,…

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    For this first discussion I have chosen "Stravinsky: The firebird, Finale" and "Duke Ellington: The "C" Jam Blue". These two differed in a variety of things. For "Stravinsky: The firebird, Finale" I felt like it was more like orchestra music while "The "C" Jam blue" was more like jazz. I felt like the pitch for " The Firebird Finale" was more high than "The C Jam". Also the dynamics for " The Firebird Finale" fluctuated a lot in tone. For the instruments I heard the violin , flute, horns, piano…

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    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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    then out black gay man in a particularly homophobic environment of an all black male jazz band, that displayed a heterosexual image. Clearly his harsh circumstances did not consume his passion, because through Staryhorn’s miraculous musical creativity he left a legacy in the advancement of jazz. The peak of Staryhorns career began at his risky choice to attempt to try and attain some type of position with Duke Ellington, whom was very popular and well-off during this time. Given the…

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