Duke Ellington In The 1920's

By Jordan Parham

Duke Ellington and his work

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington D.C to James Edward Ellington and Daisy Kennedy Ellington. He was an originator of big-band jazz. As his parents beings musicians he naturally grew up with music in his blood. Around age 7 he started learning how to play piano. This is the way he earned the nickname "Duke" for his gentlemen way are his lessons. After that it all pieced together 1 by 1. He because the band handler of his band named the Washington's.