Duke Ellington

Real Name:
Edward Kennedy Ellington
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American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer.

Born: 29 April 1899 in Washington, District Of Columbia, USA.
Died: 24 May 1974 in New York City, New York, USA (aged 75).

"Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it." Duke Ellington.

Ellington was an outstanding composer. He wrote thousands of works, composing popular songs, art songs, a wide variety of instrumentals, suites, symphonic works, movie and TV scores, and music for ballet – all of a very high quality.

But to say merely that Ellington was a great composer ignores his achievement as a musician. Ellington is probably the only musician whose name has been associated with a particular style "Ellingtonia". This style does not imply a specific tempo or specific mood, but also a certain standard of quality. Whoever plays "Ellingtonia" must adhere to these standards. Many significant bands have attempted to copy his style.

For Jazz, Ellington was the first orchestra leader to substitute voices for instruments, he popularized the Baritone Sax when he engaged Harry Carney, he influenced countless bands and dance orchestras.

Beginning with his "Jungle Band" to his "Famous Orchestra" which appeared at Carnegie Hall numerous times and even introduced several Jazz suite that Duke had composed, Ellington his the most successful and important orchestra leader in Jazz history. Success did not come easily taking him many years of devoted work to make a name for himself.

He began as a Ragtime pianist in his hometown of Washington. His first composition was "Soda Fountain Rag" which he never recorded. In 1922 he led a fairly successful band which featured Sonny Greer and Otto Hardwick. Several years later, when he opened at the New York Kentucky Club he succeeded in capture the public fancy. This was the first band to capture the now legendary Ellington sound which is clearly present in the number "The Creeper", recorded at the end of 1926.

On 12 April 1927, Duke & his orchestra began the engagement which was to make him world famous: Irvin Mills brought them to the Cotton Club, where they stayed five years. There he laid the Jungle, the Mood and other styles. From December 1926 to October 1930 the Ellington band spent at least 64 days in the studios of 14 recording companies, using 18 different pseudonyms for his band, they recorded about 170 titles.

He is also the father of Mercer Ellington.
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Albums

C 38 Duke Ellington - The Duke album art Duke Ellington The Duke(4xShellac, 10", Album) Columbia C 38 US 1940 Sell This Version
P 75 Duke Ellington - Hot Piano album art Earl Hines, "Fats" Waller*, Duke Ellington, Jelly-Roll Morton* Earl Hines, "Fats" Waller*, Duke Ellington, Jelly-Roll Morton* - Hot Piano (Album) Victor P 75 US 1941 Sell This Version
Prog. 800 Duke Ellington - One Night Stand album art Duke Ellington One Night Stand(Vinyl, 16", Transcription) War And Navy Departments, Armed Forces Radio Service Prog. 800 US 1945 Sell This Version
SP 9 Duke Ellington - Black Brown And Beige (A Duke Ellington Tone Parallel To The American Negro) album art Duke Ellington Black Brown And Beige (A Duke Ellington Tone Parallel To The American Negro) (Album) RCA Victor SP 9 US 1946 Sell This Version
L.D. 003 Duke Ellington - Piano Duets album art Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn - Piano Duets (Album, Comp) Vogue Productions L.D. 003 France 1950 Sell This Version
MH 477 Duke Ellington - The Duke Plays Ellington album art Duke Ellington The Duke Plays Ellington (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records MH 477 Mexico 1954 Sell This Version
B B L 7 090 Duke Ellington - Blue Rose album art Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington - Blue Rose (Album) Philips B B L 7 090 UK 1956 Sell This Version
BCP 60 Duke Ellington - Historically Speaking - The Duke album art Duke Ellington Historically Speaking - The Duke (Album, Comp) Bethlehem Records BCP 60 US 1956 Sell This Version
B 07208 L Duke Ellington - At Newport album art Duke Ellington / Buck Clayton All-Stars* Duke Ellington / Buck Clayton All-Stars* - At Newport (Album) Columbia B 07208 L Italy 1956 Sell This Version
PMEM 6006 Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington Presents... album art Duke Ellington Duke Ellington Presents... (Album) Bethlehem Records PMEM 6006 New Zealand 1956 Sell This Version
1591 Duke Ellington - It's Duke Ellington album art Duke Ellington It's Duke Ellington (Comp) Allegro (2), Royale 1591 US 1956 Sell This Version
LPM 1092, 430.227 Duke Ellington - The "C" Jam Blues album art Duke Ellington The "C" Jam Blues (Comp) RCA LPM 1092, 430.227 France 1957 Sell This Version
80.105 Médium, 80105 Duke Ellington - Ella Fitzgerald Chante Duke Ellington Joue Vol.4 album art Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington - Ella Fitzgerald Chante Duke Ellington Joue Vol.4(LP) Barclay, Barclay 80.105 Médium, 80105 France 1959 Sell This Version
T.20 761 Duke Ellington - Ultra De Luxe album art Duke Ellington Ultra De Luxe Capitol Records T.20 761 France 1959 Sell This Version
N 2701/2702 Duke Ellington - Ellington Moods album art Duke Ellington Ellington Moods (Album) Sesac Recordings N 2701/2702 US 1959 Sell This Version
SBBL 514 Duke Ellington - (From The Soundtrack Of The Motion Picture) Otto Preminger's Anatomy Of A Murder album art Duke Ellington (From The Soundtrack Of The Motion Picture) Otto Preminger's Anatomy Of A Murder (Album) Columbia SBBL 514 UK 1959 Sell This Version
CS 8098 Duke Ellington - His Piano And Orchestra At The Bal Masque album art Duke Ellington His Piano And Orchestra At The Bal Masque (Album) Columbia CS 8098 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
MG V-8317 Duke Ellington - Back To Back (Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges Play The Blues) album art Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges - Back To Back (Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges Play The Blues) (Album, Comp) Verve Records MG V-8317 US 1959 Sell This Version
T 679 Duke Ellington - Showcase album art Ellington* Showcase (Comp, Album) Capitol Records T 679 US 1960 Sell This Version
V. 26 Duke Ellington - Jazz Party album art Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Jones (3), Jimmy Rushing Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Jones (3), Jimmy Rushing - Jazz Party (Album) Philips Réalités V. 26 France 1960 Sell This Version
CS 8397 Duke Ellington - Selections From Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 And Suite Thursday album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, Grieg*, Ellington* / Strayhorn* Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, Grieg*, Ellington* / Strayhorn* - Selections From Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 And Suite Thursday (Album) Columbia CS 8397 Canada 1960 Sell This Version
CS 8241 Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit album art Duke Ellington Blues In Orbit (Album) Columbia CS 8241 US 1960 Sell This Version
B 47048 L, BBL.7418 Duke Ellington - The Nutcracker Suite album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Ellington*, Strayhorn*, Tchaikovsky* Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Ellington*, Strayhorn*, Tchaikovsky* - The Nutcracker Suite (Album) Columbia B 47048 L, BBL.7418 UK 1960 Sell This Version
VSTC-237 Duke Ellington - Side By Side album art Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges - Side By Side (Album) Verve Records VSTC-237 US 1959 Sell This Version
UAL 4092 Duke Ellington - Paris Blues album art Duke Ellington Paris Blues (MiniAlbum, Album) United Artists Records UAL 4092 Argentina 1961 Sell This Version