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Duke Ellington

Composer ("It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", "Solitude", "In a Mellotone", "Satin Doll"), pianist and conductor, holder of an honorary music degree from Wilberforce University and an LHD from Milton College, Duke Ellington led his own orchestra by 1918, and came to New York in 1923, appearing at the Cotton Club between 1927 and 1932. Making his first European tour in 1933, he followed with his annual Carnegie Hall concerts between 1943 and 1950, and then a Middle East tour (under the auspices of the State Department), including an appearance at the International Fair in Damascus in 1963. His stage scores include "Jump for Joy" and "Beggars Holiday" (Broadway). He made many records.Joining ASCAP in 1953, his chief musical collaborators included Billy Strayhorn, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish, Mann Curtis, Barney Bigard, Henry Nemo , Bob Russell, Don George, Lee Gaines , Paul Francis Webster, Edgar De Lange, Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Juan Tizol and his own son, Mercer Ellington. His other popular song and instrumental compositions include "Blind Man's Buff", "Creole Love Call", "Black and Tan Fantasy", "I Let a Song Go Out of my Heart", "Rockin' in Rhythm", "Caravan", "Pyramid", "Creole Rhapsody", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", "I'm Beginning to See the Light", "In a Sentimental Mood", "East St. Louis Toodle-oo", "Birmingham Breakdown", "Black Beauty", "Flaming Youth", "Awful Sad", "The Duke Steps Out", "Saturday Night Function", "Old Man Blues", "Ring Dem Bells", "Drop Me Off in Harlem", "Daybreak Express", "Delta Serenade", "Reminiscing in Tempo", "In a Jam", "Clarinet Lament", "Echoes of Harlem", "Dusk on the Desert", "Lost in Meditation", "Blue Reverie", "I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter", "Please Forgive Me", "Chatterbox", "Harmony in Harlem", "If You Were in My Place", "Skronch", "Braggin' in Brass", "Blue Light", "Buffet Flat", "The Gal from Joe's", "Subtle Lament", "Old King Dooji", "Boy Meets Horn", "Stevedore's Serenade", "You Gave Me the Gate and I'm Swinging", "Grievin'", "The Sergeant Was Shy", "Tootin' Through the Roof", "Rumpus in Richmond", "Jack the Bear", "Me and You", "Flaming Sword", "Harlem Air Shaft", "Bojangles", "Portrait of Bert Williams", "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" (Concerto for Cootie), "Kind of Moody" (Serenade to Sweden), "Morning Glory", "Blue Goose", "Cotton Tail", "Conga Brava", "Chocolate Shake", "Rocks in My Bed", "San Juan Hill", "Crescendo in Blue", "Diminuendo in Blue", "Dusk", "C Jam Blues", "Main Stem", "I Didn't Know About You", "Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin'", "Jazz Convulsions", "I'm Just a Lucky So and So", "The Blues", "Come Sunday", "Magenta Haze", "Just Squeeze Me", "Happy-Go-Lucky Local", "Takle Love Easy", "Tomorrow Mountain", "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'", "Money Jungle", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Jump for Joy", "I'm Checking Out, Goom-Bye", "The Mooche", "Warm Valley", "Blue Serge", "I Wish I Was Back in My Baby's Arms", "Lament for a Lost Love", "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream", "Afro-Bosso", "In the Beginning, God" and "Christmas Surprise".

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Apr 29, 1899 In Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Peter Gunn 1958-09-22
Latest Project:
Series Agent Carter 2015-01-06

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Fargo
Poster of American Horror Story
Poster of Boardwalk Empire
Poster of Breaking Bad
Agent Carter Unknown 2015-01-06
Fargo Unknown 2014-04-15
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Gotham Unknown 2014-09-22
Manhattan Unknown 2014-07-27
Sleepy Hollow Unknown 2013-09-16
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Unknown 2012-02-24
America's Book of Secrets Unknown 2012-01-15
Mildred Pierce Unknown 2011-03-27
Skins Unknown 2011-01-17
Prohibition Unknown 2011-10-02
American Horror Story Unknown 2011-10-05
The Pacific Unknown 2010-03-14
Hawaii Five-0 Unknown 2010-09-20
Boardwalk Empire Unknown 2010-09-19
Land Girls Unknown 2009-09-06
The Vampire Diaries Unknown 2009-09-10
The National Parks: America's Best Idea Unknown 2009-09-27
Breaking Bad Unknown 2008-01-20
Eli Stone Unknown 2008-01-31
Mad Men Unknown 2007-07-19
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Unknown 2005-08-04
Strictly Come Dancing Unknown 2004-05-15
Angels in America Unknown 2003-12-07
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
The Wire Unknown 2002-06-02
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
The Sopranos Unknown 1999-01-10
Oz Unknown 1997-07-12
7th Heaven Unknown 1996-08-26
The Beatles Anthology Unknown 1995-11-11
Baseball Unknown 1994-09-18
American Justice: Target - Mafia Self 1993-03-19
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Unknown 1993-01-03
Lipstick on Your Collar Unknown 1993-02-21
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
The Singing Detective Unknown 1986-11-16
Police Squad! Unknown 1982-03-04
The Muppet Show Unknown 1977-04-23
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
The Richard Pryor Show Unknown 1977-09-13
The Avengers Unknown 1966-03-28
Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22