Knowledge Identifier: +Duke_Ellington
Category: Music (650)
Born in 1899.
Countries: United States (70%), United Kingdom (6%), (6%)
Linked to: Berklee College of Music, Time, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Dunbar High School
After recording a handful of accoustic titles during 1924-1926, his signing with Irving Mills allowed him to record for nearly every label, often recording different versions of the same tune for numerous labels.
In the main, during November, 1926 and 1930, he recorded concurrently for Brunswick-Vocalion, OKeh, and Victor, along with a handful of sessions for Columbia and the dime store labels (Cameo, Lincoln, Romeo, Perfect).
Louis Metcalf - In 1926 Duke Ellington hired Metcalf to play in his seminal orchestra, where his mellow tone contrasted with Bubber Miley's
In 1927, King Oliver turned down a regular booking for his group as the house band at Harlem's Cotton Club; the offer passed to Ellington.
Adelaide Hall - In October, 1927, Adelaide recorded her wordless vocals on "Creole Love Call", "The Blues I Love To Sing" and "Chicago Stomp Down" with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
Andy Hamilton (saxophonist) - Hamilton was born in Port Maria, and learnt to play saxophone on a bamboo instrument. he formed his first band in 1928 with friends who played oil drums and Hamilton a bamboo sax, influenced by American musicians such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie and by the Kingston,_Jamaica-based bands of Redver Cook and Roy Coburn
Lonnie Johnson - In 1928 he recorded "Hot and Bothered", "Move Over", and "The Mooche" with Duke Ellington on Okeh records; he recorded with a group called The Chocolate Dandies
In 1930, Ellington and his Orchestra connected with a whole different audience in a concert with Maurice Chevalier and they performed at the Roseland Ballroom, "America's foremost ballroom".
After a flury of sides recorded for Victor, Ellington basically signed to Brunswick in 1932 and stayed with them through late 1936, when Irving Mills put him on Mills' new Master label, and various small groups within Ellington's band recorded on Mills' Variety label 'fronted' by his 4 main soloists, Barney Bigard, Rex Stewart, Johnny Hodges and Cootie Williams.
Percy Grainger - On 25 October 1932 his lecture was illustrated by Duke Ellington and his band, who appeared in person; Grainger admired Ellington's music, seeing harmonic similarities with Delius
While the band's United States audience remained mainly African-American in this period, the Cotton Club had a near-exclusive white clientele and the Ellington orchestra had a huge following overseas, exemplified by the success of their trip to England in 1933 and their 1934 visit to the European mainland.
Adelaide Hall - On January 7, 1933, Adelaide and Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra recorded "I Must Have That Man" and "Baby"
Billie Holiday - In 1935, Billie Holiday had a small role as a woman being abused by her lover in Duke Ellington's short Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life.
Ben Webster - Playing with Duke Ellington's orchestra for the first time in 1935, by 1940 Ben Webster had become its first major tenor soloist.
Jesse Stone - Duke Ellington got Stone's orchestra booked at the Cotton Club in 1936, and Ellington put Stone up free of charge in his apartment for four months
Irving Gordon - After Gordon was introduced to Duke Ellington in 1937, Ellington sometimes invited him to put words to his compositions
Jazz - By the 1940s, Duke Ellington's music transcended the bounds of swing, bridging jazz and art music in a natural synthesis
Bert Williams - In 1940, Duke Ellington composed and recorded "A Portrait of Bert Williams," a subtly crafted tribute
Ellington composed the score for the musical Jump For Joy, which was performed in Los Angeles during 1941.
Henry Nemo - Nemo teamed with numerous music industry music celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Mildred Bailey and Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw, who recorded his song "Don't Take Your Love for Me." Shaw recorded this song in 1941 with a band of mostly African-American musicians accompanying the African-American vocalist Lena Horne
Charlie Rouse - Rouse began his career with the Billy Eckstine Orchestra in 1944, followed by the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band in 1945, the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1949 to 1950, the Count Basie Octet in 1950, Bull Moose Jackson And His Buffalo Bearcats in 1953, and the Oscar Pettiford Sextet in 1955
Bernie Leighton - While Leighton was best known as a sideman, he recorded extensively as a leader; he released on Keynote Records in 1946, Mercury Records in 1950, an LP on Columbia Records in 1950, Brunswick in 1951, LPs for Disneyland and Capitol in 1957, and a tribute to Duke Ellington released in 1974
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra - Founded in 1949, Jacksonville's symphony is one of Florida's longest-standing orchestras and hosted renowned artists such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Arthur_Fiedler, Victor Borge, Jack Benny, Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Midori Got?, Leon Fleisher, Art Garfunkel, Victoria Livengood, Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis, Pinchas Zukerman, Frederica von Stade, Andre Watts, Horacio Gutierrez, André Previn, Ravi Shankar, Henry Mancini, Isaac Ster
Jazz - Perhaps the most prominent manifestation of this resurgence was the emergence of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who strove to create music within what he believed was the tradition, rejecting both fusion and free jazz and creating extensions of the small and large forms initially pioneered by such artists as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington as well as the hard bop of the 1950s
Jackie Paris - Charlie Mingus named Jackie as his favorite singer, and used him on several recording sessions over a period of many decades, including 1952's "Paris In Blue" and the Mingus classic " Duke Ellington's Sound of Love," on the album "Changes Two" in 1974
Musicians who had previously worked with Ellington returned to the Orchestra as members: Lawrence Brown in 1960 and Cootie Williams in 1962.
Dezo Hoffmann - He earned international acclaim in the 1960s, shooting photographs of well known pop and showbiz personalities, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Charlie Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, The Kinks, The Shadows, Tom Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Louis_Armstrong, Elton John, Omar Sharif and Pink Floyd
Onzy Matthews - He later had a close relationship with the Duke Ellington orchestra, working as a pianist, arranger and conductor through the late 1960s and 1970s
Aaron Bell - In 1960 he left Hayes' band after being offered a position in the Duke Ellington Orchestra, opposite drummer Sam Woodyard
Roger Guerin - He worked on the soundtrack to the film "Paris Blues" in 1961 with Duke Ellington
Sonny Stitt - Stitt recorded with Duke Ellington alumnus Paul Gonsalves in 1963 for Impulse/ on the Salt And Pepper album in 1963.
Ellington was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1965, but was turned down.
Onzy Matthews - He undertook several collaborations with the Duke Ellington Orchestra through the 1970s as an arranger
Mulatu Astatke - In the early 1970s, Astatke brought his new sound, which he called Ethio-jazz, back to his homeland while continuing to work in the US. He collaborated with many notable artists in both countries, arranging and playing on recordings by Mahmoud Ahmed, and appearing as a special guest with Duke Ellington and his band during a tour of Ethiopia in 1973
Berklee College of Music - The school became Berklee College of Music in 1970 and bestowed its first honorary doctorate on Duke Ellington in 1971
Hoagy Carmichael - Carmichael was inducted into the USA's Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 along with Duke Ellington
Billy Eckstine - His friend Duke Ellington recalled Eckstine's artistry in his 1973 autobiography "Music is My Mistress": "Eckstine-style love songs opened new lines of communication for the man in the man-woman merry-go-round, and blues a la B were the essence of cool
Although he made two more stage appearances before his death, Ellington performed what is considered his final "full" concert in a ballroom at Northern Illinois University on March 20, 1974.
Onzy Matthews - He co-wrote an unrecorded composition with Ellington, "Just a Gentle Word from You Will Do." After Duke Ellington's death in 1974 Matthews eventually had a disagreement with Mercer Ellington in 1979, and later had to settle a pay dispute with Ellington's son arising from Matthews' uncredited arrangements on the 1996 Musicmasters Records CD release "Only God Can Make A Tree
Privately made by Jack Towers and Dick Burris, these recordings were first legitimately issued in 1978 as "Duke Ellington at Fargo, 1940 Live"; they are among the earliest of innumerable live performances which survive
Carmen McRae - Performing with Duke Ellington's at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1980, singing "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1989
Clare Fischer - Classical concert artist Richard Stoltzman commissioned him in 1983 to write a symphonic work using Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn themes
Alec Dankworth - Dankworth recorded Duke Ellington's "Black, Brown, and Beige" with violinist Nigel Kennedy in 1988, with whom he performed Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
Herlin Riley - He performed music by Duke Ellington on the first Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra U.S. tour in 1992
His reputation increased after his death and the Pulitzer Prize Board bestowed on him a special posthumous honor in 1999
Orrin Keepnews - In the CD era Keepnews continued to be responsible for extensive reissue compilations, including the Duke Ellington 24CD RCA Centennial set in 1999 and Riverside's Keepnews Editions series
Kenny Burrell - In 2001, Burrell performed "C Jam Blues" with Medeski, Martin & Wood for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot Indigo, a tribute to Duke Ellington, which raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease.
Don Byron - In 2001, Byron performed "Bli Blip" for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot Indigo, a tribute to Duke Ellington, which raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease.
Ron Carter - In 2001, Carter collaborated with Black Star and John Patton to record "Money Jungle" for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album, Red Hot Indigo, a tribute to Duke Ellington.
Clark Terry - In 2001, he again recorded for the Red Hot Organization with artist Amel Larrieux for the compilation album Red Hot Indigo, a tribute to Duke Ellington.
Mike Westbrook - Further works of note include 'On Duke's Birthday' which was dedicated to the memory of Duke Ellington, which was reissued on CD in the summer of 2007, 'Big Band Rossini' which was featured in the 1992 BBC Proms and , commissioned by BBC Radio 3, which brings together jazz and classical musicians in the New Westbrook Orchestra
On February 24, 2009, the United States Mint launched a new coin featuring Duke Ellington, making him the first African American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin
Jaki Graham - Due to the success of this show , Graham went on to perform Duke Ellington's songs on 12 March 2010
In 2010 the triangular park, across the street from Duke Ellington's birth site, at the intersection of New Hampshire and M Streets, NW was named the Duke Ellington Park