Duke Ellington

By: Brianna white

Duke's Childhood

Due Ellington was born in Washington D.C., April 29, 1899.

He began playing the piano at age 7 and made his first professional debut at 17. It was called the "The dukes serenades". He wrote his first composition " Soda fountain rag" at the age 15.

Duke's Livelihood

He was a pianist and a bandleader of the duke Ellington orchestra he formed the duke Ellington orchestra, which shared top billing with the likes of louis Armstrong at Harlem's exclusive cotton club cabaret.

Dukes impact on history

Dukes band the Duke Ellington orchestra Began the house band of the exclusive cotton club the catered to only white patrons only.There were periods where the band was hardly working and he would come out of his own pocket cause he knew as a composer he needed to hear his own music night after night.
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