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Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the opinion of Bob Blumenthal of The Boston Globe, "n the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Edward Kennedy Ellington." A major figure in the history of jazz, Ellington's music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. His career spanned more than 50 years and included leading his orchestra, composing an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for movies, composing stage musicals, and world tours. Several of his instrumental works were adapted into songs that became standards. Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and thanks to his eloquence and extraordinary charisma, he is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other traditional genres of music. His reputation increased after his death and the Pulitzer Prize Board bestowed on him a special posthumous honor in 1999.

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Chronological Classics Complete Discography - 1300 - 1399
1947-51 1318 Charlie Barnet 1319 ... Gene Krupa 1947-49 1320 Duke Ellington 1321 ... Dizzy Gillespie 1322 ... Georgie Auld 1940-45 1323 Oscar Peterson 1950-52. 1347 Dizzy Gillespie 1952-53 1348 Joe Venuti 1349 ... Willie "The Lion" Smith 1350 ... Duke Ellington 1952-53 1351 Georgie Auld 1945-46 1352 Louis Armstrong 1952-53 1353 Joe Sullivan 1945-53 1354 Eddie Condon 1951-53 ... Getz 1396 ... Benny Goodman 1397 ... Artie Shaw 1398 ... Duke Ellington 1399 ... Oscar Peterson 1952 Vol ...
Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington: The Great Summit/Complete Sessions
... Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington The Great Summit/Complete Sessions is a 1961 jazz album by jazz giants Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong ... They lead a small band playing classic compositions by Ellington such as "Mood Indigo" and "Black And Tan Fantasy" ...
Chronological Classics Complete Discography - 800 - 899
... Basie 1943-45 802 Erroll Garner 803 ... Lionel Hampton 1942-44 804 Nat King Cole 1943-44 805 Duke Ellington 806 ... Billie Holiday 807 ... Coleman Hawkins 1943-44 808 Garland Wilson 1931-38 809 Hot Lips Page 1940-44. 819 ... Cozy Cole 820 ... Duke Ellington 1940 Vol. 837 ... Duke Ellington 1940-41 838 Fats Waller 839 ... Jack Teagarden 1940-41 840 Ella Fitzgerald 1941-44 841 Meade Lux Lewis 1941-44 842 Coleman Hawkins 843 ... Bessie Smith 1925-27 844 Bunny Berigan 1938 ...
Cotton Tail - Notable Recordings
... The Duke Ellington Orchestra, May 2, 1940 Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (1957) Mel Tormé - Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dektette ...

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