Edward Kennedy ('Duke') Ellington(1899-1974), American pianist and composer
Sitter in 1 portrait
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 so popular that audiences travelled to Harlem just to hear the band. His orchestra successfully toured in Europe in the 1930s. Ellington is responsible for writing over a thousand compositions, encompassing both short and extended pieces, during a musical career spanning over five decades. He is considered to have radically changed the face of jazz music, evolving it into an art form and bringing its enjoyment to wider audiences. He was awarded a special posthumous Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999.
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by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 9 June 1933