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Duke Ellington

(1899-1974), American pianist and composer

Edward Kennedy ('Duke') Ellington

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Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington later lived in New York City where he regularly performed with his big band jazz orchestra at the Cotton Club in Harlem. These appearances and performances became nationally well known and many would travel to Harlem just to hear the band. His orchestra toured in Europe in the 1930s. Ellington is responsible for writing over a thousand compositions, encompassing both short and extended pieces, during his musical career which spanned over five decades. He is considered to have changed the face of jazz music, evolving it into it's own art form and bringing it's enjoyment to a far wider audience. He was awarded a special posthumous Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999.

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Jack Hylton meeting Duke Ellington and his band at Waterloo Station, by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG x88287

Jack Hylton meeting Duke Ellington and his band at Waterloo Station

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 9 June 1933
NPG x88287

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