A biography of duke ellington a great composer and musician

I think too strongly in terms of altering my music to fit the performer to be impressed by accidental music. Personal life[ edit ] Shortly before going on his second European tour with his orchestra, from March to MayEllington announced to his sister Ruth and son Mercer Ellington that Strayhorn "is staying with us.

Ellington was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in but no prize was ultimately awarded that year. While maintaining his job at The Cotton Club, Ellington took his band downtown to play in the Broadway musical Show Girl, featuring the music of George Gershwinin the summer of A Late Bloomer Both his father and his mother could play the piano, and Ellington was exposed to music at an early age.

The following summer, the band took a leave of absence to head out to California and appear in the film Check and Double Check. When asked what inspired him to write, Ellington replied, "My men and my race are the inspiration of my work.

Announcing that the two pieces would be separated by an interlude played by tenor saxophonist Paul GonsalvesEllington proceeded to lead the band through the two pieces, with Gonsalves' chorus marathon solo whipping the crowd into a frenzy, leading the Maestro to play way beyond the curfew time despite urgent pleas from festival organizer George Wein to bring the program to an end.

Their residency at the famed club, which lasted more than three years, made Ellington a nationally known musician due to radio broadcasts that emanated from the bandstand. His song was called "Soda Fountain Rag". Though classical music was Strayhorn's first love, his ambition to become a classical composer was shot down by the harsh reality of a black man trying to make it in the classical world, which at that time was almost completely white.

Ellington was arguably a father figure and the band was affectionately protective of the diminutive, mild-mannered, unselfish Strayhorn, nicknamed by the band "Strays", "Weely", and "Swee' Pea". Mills often took a co-composer credit.

Their relationship, though stormy, continued after Ellington met and formed a relationship with Fernanda de Castro Monte in the early s. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods.

As a pianist Duke Ellington was originally an excellent stride player who gained the respect of such giants as James P. Mercer referred to Mildred Dixon as his mother. In this, he was helped by Strayhorn, who had enjoyed a more thorough training in the forms associated with classical music than Ellington.

He had a scholarship to study art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in but he decided to concentrate on his music instead. Simply put, Ellington transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of music that renews itself through every generation of fans and music-lovers.

Its subject matter did not make it appealing to Broadway; Ellington had unfulfilled plans to take it there.An originator of big-band jazz, Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his year career.

Songwriter, Pianist, Conductor (–). Duke Ellington (Edward Kennedy Ellington), –, American jazz musician and composer, b.

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Washington, D.C. Ellington made his first professional appearance as a jazz pianist in Washington, D.C. Ellington made his first professional appearance as a jazz pianist in William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn (November 29, – May 31, ) was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best known for a successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington that lasted nearly three decades.

Duke Ellington Biography Duke Ellington was an American jazz composer and performer who is among one of the greatest names in the history of jazz.

This biography profiles his childhood, life, music career, achievements and bigskyquartet.com: Edna Thompson, Mildred Dixon. Watch video · An originator of big-band jazz, Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his year career.

Duke Ellington. Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. His career spanned over 50 years, leading his orchestra from until death.

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