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  • Duke Ellington Essay

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    Duke Ellington Edward Kennedy Ellington was born April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C. Ellington's parents, James and Daisy Ellington, actively supported his educational development. Duke had his first piano lesson at the age of eight; however, at the time it was not his immediate interest. At this time he was interested in baseball, which brought his first job as a peanut salesman at the Washington Senator's games. This helped Duke overcome stage fright, which was of use for the future to come. With

  • Duke Ellington Essay

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    main goals at age forty?   Since the beginning of his career, Ellington had plans to write a large musical piece that illustrated the story of African Americans living in the United States. He described his piece as an opera and worked on it for six year, he expressed that the piece was one that understood the history of African Americans. His goal at forty, was to catch the character of African American life and in 1943 Ellington finally realized his long-stated goal was the completion of his

  • Duke Ellington Essay

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    Danielle Boykin Duke Ellington is known as one of the greatest jazz composers ever lived. He was born Edward Kennedy Ellington in Washington D.C. in 1899. By the age of 17 was playing professionally. In 1923 he moved to New York City where he started recruiting people for his orchestra. He started off with an average jazz band of ten people but through the thirties and forties that number greatly expanded. He started playing in small nightclubs, theaters, and on the radio. His biggest break

  • Duke Ellington Essay

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    The Evolution of Duke Ellington’s Compositional Style Duke Ellington is often considered one of the most talented composers and arrangers in the history of jazz music. A gifted piano player, his career flourished in the 1920’s and 1930’s, a time where racial discrimination was rampant throughout the United States. Initially, black musicians like Ellington were banned from playing in white venues. However, as time progressed, white Americans demanded the lively, swing music often played by black

  • Duke Ellington Essay

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    he 1940s was a period of creative activity for the Ellington band as significant as the Cotton Club years. With pieces like Concerto for Cootie, Harlem Air Shaft and Cotton Tail, Ellington was exploring new approaches to the blues: the use of dissonant harmonies, unusual combinations of instruments, and variations on standard pop-song forms. Ellington was now a master of condensing more variety, contrast, improvisation and surprise into short works than had ever been attempted in jazz before. One

  • Reflection Of A Trip To Duke Ellington Continuation High School

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    On December 2, 2011, I had the pleasure to visit Duke Ellington Continuation High School in Los Angeles, California. I was very impressed with the student’s behavior. The campus was very quiet, and even during nutrition the students maintained there composure as they socialized with their friends. Between classes there wasn’t any lagging in the yard, the students seemed to be very focused, and promptly proceeded quietly to their next class. I feel the student’s behavior reflected their respect

  • The Greatest Composer Essay

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    with one song. Edward Ellington was his name, but he is known to many as the Duke. Duke Ellington was born Edward Kennedy Ellington on April 29, 1889 in Washington, D.C. Born to James Edward Ellington and Daisy Kennedy Ellington (middle names of both parents used to create Dukes name), two middle class people who were never rich, yet never poor. As a boy, Duke loved to draw, so much so that he and his family had predicted he would go to college specializing in art. Duke especially loved working

  • The Harlem Renaissance Essay

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    THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE In the 1920s and early 1930s, there was an African American cultural movement that took place in the neighborhood of Harlem, New York. It is variously known as the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Literary Renaissance, or the New Negro Movement. This movement called the Harlem Renaissance developed at the end of World War I in 1918, blossomed in the mid- to late 1920s, and faded in the mid 1930s. This movement developed amid social and intellectual disturbance in the African

  • Harlem Renaissance Essay

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    (Hughes 6). A prominent female figure of the Harlem Renaissance was Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston was a writer and poet who was most known for her famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. During the Harlem Renaissance, the famous jazz musician, Duke Ellington was able to find his place in the era. He became internationally known when he became the bandleader at a Harlem nightclub, the Cotton Club. Music was influential during this time period

  • Harlem Renaissance Essay

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    were Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and W.E.B. Dubois. Each of these individuals had their own specific contribution to the Harlem Renaissance, that helped aid the moving forward of the Civil Rights movement through bits and pieces of black culture. An artist that was vital to the intermingling of the black music and the white community was Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington was a famous pianist and composer that was the bandleader at the Famous Cotton Club in Harlem from 1927-1932. Duke Ellington’s