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, "[i]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, ... more »
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''Playing "bop" is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.''Duke Ellington (1899-1974), U.S. jazz musician. Look (New York, Aug. 10, 1954).