December 4, 1927
Duke Ellington Opens at Cotton Club
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was born April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C. and moved to the Big Apple in his early twenties. Duke Ellington was an American jazz legend. Composer, jazz orchestra leader and pianist, his career spanned more than sixty years. But his big break came on December 4, 1927 when the Ellington Orchestra opened at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York. And the rest, they say is history.
The Ellington Orchestra toured Europe in the 1930’s, and did several world tours in the 1950’s. Many of his band members stayed with the Orchestra for many decades including saxophonist Johnny Hodges and pianist Billy Strayhorn.
Duke Ellington’s brilliance continued until his death in May 1974. In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Award for Music, posthumously.
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