The Famous Jazz Composer Duke Ellington
one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in Western music and continued to play what he called "American Music" until shortly before his death in 1974. Although Ellingtons compositional interests and ambitions changed over the decades, his melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic characteristics were for the most part fixed by the late 1930s, when he was a star of the swing era. Ellingtons stylistic qualities were shared by Strayhorn, who increasingly participated in composing and orchestrating music for the Ellington band. Ellingtons symphonic A Rhapsody of Negro Life was the basis for the film short Symphony in Black (1935 which also features the voice of Billie Holiday (uncredited). Videos Duke Ellington - Jazz Legend(TV-14; 1:13) Duke Ellington - Role in Harlem Renaissance(TV-PG; 1:04) Duke Ellington - Mini Biography(TV-14; 3:58) Related Videos Langston Hughes - Mini Biography(TV-14; 3:34) Louis Armstrong - Mini Biography(TV-14; 3:56) Fact Check We strive for accuracy and fairness. Early Life, born on April 29, 1899, Duke Ellington was raised by two talented, musical parents in a middle-class neighborhood of Washington.C. His musical suite Black, Brown and Beige (1943 a portrayal of African-American history, was the first in a series of suites he composed, usually consisting of pieces linked by subject matter. In the words of Bob Blumenthal of The Boston Globe In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Edward Kennedy Ellington. (The most popular of these was Hodges, who rendered ballads with a full, creamy tone and long portamentos.) With these exceptional robert Frost: His Life and His Poems musicians, who remained with him throughout the 1930s, Ellington made hundreds of recordings, appeared in films and on radio, and toured Europe in 19The. This particular video, with a picture of the Duke taken in the early 1950s, highlights his most popular recordings, and was culled from a Jazz Greats radio series I made in 2011. The Ellington band toured Europe often after World War II; it also played in Asia (196364, 1970 West Africa (1966 South America (1968 and Australia (1970) and frequently toured North America.
"One day, I was thinking about his style, the way he wrote for trumpets, trombones and saxophones, and I thought I would try something like that Strayhorn recalled. Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway, directions that began, "Take the A Train". Ellington's autobiography, Music Is My Mistress, was published in 1973. Johnson and Willie The Lion Smith. Armstrong Technical the Bubonic Plague also Known as the Black Plague High School, place of Birth, washington,.C.
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