Born: April 29, 1899, Washington, DC.
Died: May 24, 1974, New York City.
Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York.
Duke Ellington (1899-1974) once said, “By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.” Yet, this master of jazz has a hymn in the United Methodist Hymnal!
A pianist, bandleader and composer, Edward Kennedy Ellington, best known as “The Duke,” was born in Washington, D.C., and died in New York. He is one of the dominant names in the field of jazz in the 20th century.
The Rev. Carlton Young, editor of the UM Hymnal, notes that “Ellington revolutionized jazz by integrating his ‘big band’ style into his scores and innovative arrangements.”… Go to person page >