Edward kennedy duke ellington (april 29, 1899 - may 24, 1974) was an american composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than fifty years. The most significant and prolific composer in jazz history and one of the most famous american composers in any genre ellington's music helped define what jazz is and what it could be his longer compositions are now sometimes performed by classical orchestras. Duke ellington: an american composer and icon [steven brower, mercedes ellington, tony bennett, dave brubeck, quincy jones] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers beautifully illustrated and unparalleled in scope, this is an elegant visual celebration befitting the life and work of the prince of the piano. Edward kennedy duke ellington (april 29, 1899 - may 24, 1974) was an american composer, pianist, and big band leader duke ellington became one of the most influential artists in the history of recorded music, and is largely recognized as one of the greatest figures in the history of jazz, though his music stretched into various other.
Duke ellington was one of the most important creative forces in the music of the twentieth century his influence on classical music, popular music, and, of course, jazz, simply cannot be overstated he was born edward kennedy ellington in washington, dc on april 29, 1899, into a middle class black family. Duke ellington saw writing music as his primary purpose in life, and he took a complex, multi-layered and strikingly original approach to composing his creative work consumed him around the clock. An extravagantly gifted composer, arranger, and pianist -- some considered him a genius -- billy strayhorn toiled throughout most of his maturity in the gaudy shadow of his employer, collaborator, and friend, duke ellington. Biography of 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.
Duke ellington, born edward kennedy ellington on april 29, 1899 in washington, district of columbia, united states - died may 24, 1974 in new york, new york, united states is an american musician, composer and bandleader, a trully distinctive and pivotal jazz figure. Edward kennedy duke ellington (april 29, 1899 - may 24, 1974) was an american composer, pianist, and big band leader he was one of the most important musicians in the history of recorded music, and is called one of the greatest figures in jazz music. Edward kennedy duke ellington (april 29, 1899 - may 24, 1974)  was an american composer, pianist andbandleader of jazz orchestrashe led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. Edward kennedy duke ellington (april 29, 1899 - may 24, 1974) was an american composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning. Music lovers everywhere have hailed duke ellington as one of the greatest geniuses of jazz yet, aside from ellington's own rather unrevealing autobiography and a collection of reminiscences of his band members, no in-depth biography of this preeminent figure of twentieth-century music and entertainment has previously existed.
[duke ellington: american composer and icon] is a beautifully produced book - the best i've ever seen on the duke rather than being a dry biography, it's both a page-turner and visual celebration of a fabulous life and career. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing considered one of the greatest jazz composers of all time, duke ellington had an enormous impact on the popular music of the late 20th. Edward kennedy duke ellington and his music have been an integral part of the american scene for most of the 20th century this interpretive biography offers insights into ellington's enduring appeal, not only as a composer and piano-playing leader of a jazz orchestra, but as a cultural icon. An originator of big-band jazz, duke ellington was an american composer, pianist and bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his 50-year career, including take the a-train in 1953. Edward kennedy duke ellington (april 29, 1899 - may 24, 1974) was an american composer, pianist, and big-band leaderellington wrote over 1,000 compositions in the opinion of bob blumenthal of the boston globe, [i]n the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, american or otherwise, than edward kennedy ellington.
African american composer, band leader, and pianist duke ellington is considered by many to be one of america's most brilliant jazz composers (writers of music) of the twentieth century ellington's classics include don't get around much anymore, mood indigo, and i let a song get out of my head. Duke ellington: an american composer and icon m ellington & s brower a genre-defining jazz icon and america's foremost classical composer, duke ellington gets a fitting tribute with this lavishly illustrated volume. Duke ellington is a local hero duke ellington was born in washington dc on april 29, 1899 and is considered one of the greatest jazz composers of all time duke ellington was an american composer, pianist, and bandleader throughout his 50 year career. Duke ellington, american pianist who was the greatest jazz composer and bandleader of his time one of the originators of big-band jazz, ellington led his band for more than half a century, composed thousands of scores, and created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in all of western.
Dancer and choreographer mercedes ellington was born on february 9, 1939 in new york, new york to ruth batts and mercer ellington her father was a trumpet player and conductor, while her grandfather was the renowned composer and bandleader, duke ellington. Duke ellington's popular compositions set the bar for generations of brilliant jazz, pop, theatre and soundtrack composers to come while these compositions guarantee his greatness, whatmakes duke an iconoclastic genius, and an unparalleled visionary, what has granted him immortality are his extended suites. Duke ellington was the most important composer in the recording ban called by the american federation of to be regarded as the major composer of [pdf] divertimento no 6 - clarinet sextets or choirs with scorepdf. Edward kennedy duke ellington (april 29, 1899 - may 24, 1974) was an american composer, pianist, and jazz-orchestra leader his career spanned over more than 50 years: ellington led his orchestra from 1923 until his death.
Two of the greatest jazz composers were duke ellington (1899-1974) and billy strayhorn (1915-1967) the exhibition examines two of their most ubiquitous pieces, caravan (1936) composed by ellington and juan tizol and take the 'a' train (1941) composed by strayhorn, through documents from the. Duke ellington was very mindful of his public image, and after the debacle of murder at the vanities, he demanded that paramount fund a short film that would effectively reinstate the image of ellington as a socially-conscious american composer. Edward kennedy duke ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century—and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. For the last half century at least, musicians and historians alike have considered duke ellington to be one of the greatest jazz composers for a body of work that began in 1920s harlem and ended.