Duke Ellington was born on April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C. He was raised by two talented and musical parents which inspired him to play piano at age 7. At age 15 he wrote his first song''Soda Fountain'' and was awarded with a scholarship to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In the 1920's, Ellington performed in Broadway nightclubs as the bandleader of a sextet, a group which in time grew to a 10-piece assemble.Ellington made hundreds of recordings with his bands,appeared in films and on the radio and toured in Europe.Later in the 1940's Ellington became famous because of talent in music. At the age of 75, Duke Ellington died of lung cancer and pneumonia.
Duke Ellington was an American composer,pianist and bandleader who was involved in the Harlem Renaissance. Ellington and other musicians moved to Harlem and brought new ideas that pushed art to its limit as a form of expression and representation, that brought the black community together. Duke Ellington is also known as one of the African American who shaped the influential movement known as the Harlem Renaissance.