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Duke Ellington

Sunday Jazz Corner with Jimmie Lunceford

James Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American Jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era. Jimmie Lunceford is the odd man out in jazz history. This bandleader made no waves with his musicianship – his preferred… Continue Reading →

Sunday Jazz Corner with Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington’s last words were, “Music is how I live, why I live and how I will be remembered”.  He was an American composer, pianist, and jazz-orchestra leader with a career that spanned more than 50 years.  Ellington led his orchestra from 1923… Continue Reading →

Duke Ellington tribute in ‘Cotton Club Parade’

By HarlemCondoLife Duke Ellington, Harlem’s famous jazz musician who is honored with a beautiful sculpture at East 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, performed at the Cotton Club in Harlem in the 1920’s and ’30’s. Now City Center’s Encores! series and… Continue Reading →

NYC Mayor Bloomberg declares 4/29 Duke Ellington Day

HarlemGuy Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has declared April 29 Duke Ellington Day in honor of the 110th anniversary of the jazz legends birth. To commemorate his life, The Islands Of The Bahamas are sponsoring a special run of the last… Continue Reading →

Where Can I Buy The Duke Ellington Coin In Harlem

By HarlemGuy (excerpted from CNN.com) Today the United States Mint launched a new coin Tuesday featuring jazz legend Duke Ellington.  This make Duke Ellington the African-American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin.   The coin was introduced Tuesday… Continue Reading →

Duke Ellington Memorial Sculptor dies at age 70

By HarlemGal The Associated Press reported on Sunday that Robert Graham, the Mexican/American sculptor who created the Duke Ellington Sculpture at 110th Street and 5th Avenue in East Harlem, died on Saturday at the age of 70.  Graham designed a number… Continue Reading →

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