Real Name:
Edward Kennedy Ellington
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American jazz band leader, and composer.

Born: 29 April 1899 in Washington, District Of Columbia, USA.
Died: 24 May 1974 in New York City, New York, USA (aged 75).

"Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it." Duke Ellington.

Ellington was an outstanding composer. He wrote thousands of works, composing popular songs, art songs, a wide variety of instrumentals, suites, symphonic works, movie and TV scores, and music for ballet – all of a very high quality.

But to say merely that Ellington was a great composer ignores his achievement as a musician. Ellington is probably the only musician whose name has been associated with a particular style "Ellingtonia". This style does not imply a specific tempo or specific mood, but also a certain standard of quality. Whoever plays "Ellingtonia" must adhere to these standards. Many significant bands have attempted to copy his style.

For Jazz, Ellington was the first orchestra leader to substitute voices for instruments, he popularized the Baritone Sax when he engaged Harry Carney, he influenced countless bands and dance orchestras.

Beginning with his "Jungle Band" to his "Famous Orchestra" which appeared at Carnegie Hall numerous times and even introduced several Jazz suite that Duke had composed, Ellington his the most successful and important orchestra leader in Jazz history. Success did not come easily taking him many years of devoted work to make a name for himself.

He began as a Ragtime pianist in his hometown of Washington. His first composition was "Soda Fountain Rag" which he never recorded. In 1922 he led a fairly successful band which featured Sonny Greer and Otto Hardwick. Several years later, when he opened at the New York Kentuky Club he succeeded in capture the public fancy. This was the first band to capture the now legendary Ellington sound which is clearly present in the number "The Creeper", recorded at the end of 1926.

On 12 April 1927, Duke & his orchestra began the engagement which was to make him world famous: Irvin Mills brought them to the Cotton Club, where they stayed five years. There he laid the Jungle, the Mood and other styles. From December 1926 to October 1930 the Ellington band spent at least 64 days in the studios of 14 recording companies, using 18 different pseudonyms for his band, they recorded about 170 titles.

He is also the father of Mercer Ellington.
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Duke Ellington Discography Tracks

V-38008 Duke Ellington - I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Diga Diga Do album art Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra - I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Diga Diga Do(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38008 US 1929 Sell This Version
V-38092 Duke Ellington - Haunted Nights / The Duke Steps Out album art Duke Ellington's Orchestra* Duke Ellington's Orchestra* - Haunted Nights / The Duke Steps Out(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38092 US 1929 Sell This Version
22528 Duke Ellington - Three Little Words / Ring Dem Bells album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Three Little Words / Ring Dem Bells(Shellac, 10") Victor 22528 US 1930 Sell This Version
V-38143 Duke Ellington - Sweet Jazz O'Mine / Sweet Dreams Of Love album art Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra - Sweet Jazz O'Mine / Sweet Dreams Of Love(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38143 US 1930 Sell This Version
V-38115 Duke Ellington - March Of The Hoodlums / Breakfast Dance album art Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra - March Of The Hoodlums / Breakfast Dance(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38115 US 1930 Sell This Version
Duke Ellington - Mood Indigo / When A Black Man's Blue album art Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra - Mood Indigo / When A Black Man's Blue Victor US 1931 Sell This Version
Duke Ellington - What Good Am I Without You? / Nine Little Miles From Ten-Ten-Tennessee album art Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra - What Good Am I Without You? / Nine Little Miles From Ten-Ten-Tennessee Victor US 1931 Sell This Version
Duke Ellington - The Mystery Song / Moanin' album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra / Mills' Blue Rhythm Band* Duke Ellington And His Orchestra / Mills' Blue Rhythm Band* - The Mystery Song / Moanin' Victor Canada 1931 Sell This Version
22743 Duke Ellington - Limehouse Blues / Echoes Of The Jungle album art Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra - Limehouse Blues / Echoes Of The Jungle(Shellac, 10") Victor 22743 US 1931 Sell This Version
15650 Duke Ellington - Twelfth Street Rag / Rockin' In Rhythm album art Louisiana Rhythmakers Louisiana Rhythmakers - Twelfth Street Rag / Rockin' In Rhythm(Shellac, 10") Perfect (3) 15650 US 1931 Sell This Version
23036 Duke Ellington - Bidin' My Time / Sam And Delilah album art The Bluejeans (2) / Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra The Bluejeans (2) / Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra - Bidin' My Time / Sam And Delilah(Shellac, 10") Victor 23036 US 1931 Sell This Version
B-6328 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Swanee Shuffle / Jungle Nights In Harlem(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice B-6328 UK 1933 Sell This Version
Duke Ellington - Harlemania / Stevedore Stomp album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Harlemania / Stevedore Stomp Bluebird (3) US 1936 Sell This Version
Duke Ellington - The Duke Steps Out / Haunted Nights album art Duke Ellington's Orchestra* Duke Ellington's Orchestra* - The Duke Steps Out / Haunted Nights His Master's Voice US 1936 Sell This Version
7625 Duke Ellington - Isn't Love The Strangest Thing / (There Is) No Greater Love album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Isn't Love The Strangest Thing / (There Is) No Greater Love(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 7625 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6531 Duke Ellington - Blues I Love To Sing / Got Everything But You album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Blues I Love To Sing / Got Everything But You(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6531 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6614 Duke Ellington - Swanee Shuffles / The Mystery Song album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Swanee Shuffles / The Mystery Song(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6614 US 1936 Sell This Version
m 8063 Duke Ellington - Stepping Into Swing Society / The New Black And Tan Fantasy album art Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra* Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra* - Stepping Into Swing Society / The New Black And Tan Fantasy(Shellac, 10") Brunswick m 8063 US 1938 Sell This Version
20-1505 Duke Ellington - Hayfoot, Strawfoot / Sherman Shuffle album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Hayfoot, Strawfoot / Sherman Shuffle(Shellac, 10") Victor 20-1505 US 1942 Sell This Version
Duke Ellington - Look Out / Metronome All Out album art Metronome All-Star Band* Metronome All-Star Band* - Look Out / Metronome All Out (Single) RCA Victor Canada 1946 Sell This Version
Duke Ellington - Solitude / Mood Indigo album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Solitude / Mood Indigo Columbia US 1946 Sell This Version
Duke Ellington - Put Yourself In My Place, Baby / The Wildest Gal In Town album art Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Put Yourself In My Place, Baby / The Wildest Gal In Town Columbia US 1947 Sell This Version
S6 Duke Ellington - At Carnegie Hall album art Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra* Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra* - At Carnegie Hall(4xShellac, 10", Album) Musicraft S6 US 1947 Sell This Version
LPT 3017 Duke Ellington - This Is Duke Ellington album art Duke Ellington Duke Ellington - This Is Duke Ellington(10", Comp, Mono) RCA Victor LPT 3017 Canada 1952 Sell This Version
Duke Ellington - Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book album art Ella Fitzgerald With Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Ella Fitzgerald With Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book (Album) Verve Records US 1957 Sell This Version