Duke Ellington

Avery Taxin

About Him

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American Composer, Pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. His career spanned over 50 years, leading his orchestra from 1923 until death. He was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington D.C. He died on May 24, 1974 in New York City, NY.


Fun Facts

  • His Family were descended from slaves. His parents were both pianist and encouraged him to learn music and play the piano.
  • When he was still in school he got the nickname "Duke" after a friend recommended that he should have some sort of title for his musical talent.
  • His first important job was at the cotton club in Harlem