Duke Ellington in front of the Apollo Theatre, New York, 1963. Photograph by Richard Avedon. The article is useful.

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theimpossiblecool: “ There are two rules in life: Number 1 - Never quit Number 2 - Never forget rule number 1 Duke Ellington. ” Duke Ellington in front of the Apollo Theater, New York, Photo by Richard Avedon / © Richard Avedon Foundation

Jazz great Duke Ellington at the piano- playing one of his songs for jazz band on the piano! So much fun!!

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. Ellington wrote over compositions. Born: April Washington, D. Died: May New York

Duke Ellington. - ELLINGTON called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category." These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz.

Legends of Jazz . Duke Ellington was known in his life as one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz.

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) - American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras.  photo by Philippe Halsman, 1967

The American pianist, composer and conductor Duke ELLINGTON, photographed in a recording studio listening to a playback of his own record.

Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category."[4] These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz.

Duke Ellington 1965 on tour, Frankfurt, Germany. Pinned by Keva xo.

Flyer for Duke Ellington's 1952 Carnegie Hall concert with a host of jazz stars (note the incorrect spelling of the young Ahmad Jamal's name). Courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.

Duke Ellington/Billie Holiday/Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie/Stan Getz/The Amhad Jamal Trio - Carnegie Hall

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