Duke Ellington

By: Lindsey Fauske

What is He Known for?

Duke Ellington was born in Washington D.C. He began his musical career when he was 7 by taking piano lessons. Duke's music career began professionally when he was 17 when he fell in love with ragtime. Ellington began a six-man band but it quickly grew to a 10-man ensemble. With this band he composed the album "Nikki" which included the song "Take the "A" Train". Along with his band "Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra" he also played with well known musicians such as Johnny Coltrane, Ivie Anderson, and Ella Fitzgerald.

How did he impact the world?

Duke Ellington impacted the world because he changed jazz forever.
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Fun Fact

Duke Ellington composed over 2,000 pieces of music.