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The Duke The Duke
by The Ovi Team
2018-04-29 07:23:53
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Duke Ellington was born April 29, 1899, Washington, D.C., U.S American pianist who was the greatest jazz composer and bandleader. One of the originators of big-band jazz, Ellington led his band for more than half a century, composed thousands of scores, and created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in all of Western music.

Ellington grew up in a secure middle-class family in Washington, D.C. His family encouraged his interests in the fine arts, and he began studying piano at age seven. He became engrossed in studying art during his high-school years, and he was awarded, but did not accept, a scholarship to the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by ragtime performers, he began to perform professionally at age 17.

Ellington's sense of musical drama and of his players' special talents and his wide range of moods were rare indeed. His gift of melody and his mastery of sonic textures, rhythms, and compositional forms translated his often subtle, often complex perceptions into a body of music unequalled in jazz history.



 


     
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Lars from America2018-05-01 02:55:36
It doesn't get any better for Big Band Music with The Duke
Timelessly Moving
as in, "get off your ass and jump around!"


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