Duke Ellington

By James Kiscaden and Sydney Chen

One of Jazz's Finest

The man was born April 29 1899 and died May 24 1974.

Duke Ellington played a lot of jazz music on his piano and in his band, this is why he's famous. He was an American composer pianist and band leader of jazz orchestras.

Fun Facts

  1. His last words were, "music is how I live, why I live, and how I'll be remembered".
  2. He received 13 grammy awards.
  3. He was awarded French Legion of Honor in 1973