Duke Ellington

"You've got to find a way of saying it without saying it ".

Duke Ellington was a piano player and a great band leader. The music he wrote influenced people to write their own. When he became famous him and his family had to go live somewhere else. Duke Ellington played for Johnny Hodges.  He usually played in big bands to perform musicals.  Duke also played in big jazz clubs to perform.  Also Duke Ellington created his own band.  Take the A train, It don’t mean a thing, The Mooche, Carvan, Come Sunday, Satin Doll, C Jam Blues, Solitude, Sophisticated Lady, Creole Love Call were all songs by Duke Ellington. Duke’s music almost went on for half a century. One of the first of many songs he wrote the first one was Soda Fountain Jerk. He began to study the piano at the age of 17. Duke Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and described those who impressed him as "beyond category."He is widely considered one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is the twentieth century's best known band leaders and composers

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