Today we celebrate the birthday of the great jazz legend, Duke Ellington. For over 5 decades, Duke was highly recognized as a composer in the history of jazz as well as his big band arrangements. Duke Ellington was born Edward Kennedy Ellington on April 29, 1899 in Washington DC. He got the name "Duke" from his childhood friends because of his elegant manners and the way he dressed. He has composed more music than anyone else in the 20th century! Each year, on this day, we celebrate "The Duke"! Happy Birthday, Duke Ellington!
For more information about this legendary composer, click on the links below!
PBS Video: Duke Ellington
Library of Congress: Musicians & Composers - Duke Ellington
Official Site of Jazz Legend Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington Biography and Video - Biography.com
Photos of Duke Ellington