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Jazz great Duke Ellington at the piano- playing one of his songs for jazz band on the piano! So much fun!!

Jazz great Duke Ellington at the piano- playing one of his songs for jazz band on the piano! So much fun!!

Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and other jazz greats at Gjon Mili’s Studio in New York in 1940…    Pictured: The great pianist Mary Lou Williams appears satisfied with the way the night is proceeding, 1942. (Gjon Mili—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and other jazz greats at Gjon Mili’s Studio in New York in 1940… Pictured: The great pianist Mary Lou Williams appears satisfied with the way the night is proceeding, 1942. (Gjon Mili—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Sarah Vaughan plays the piano as Duke Ellington and Billy Eckstine look on, circa 1950. The Newark, NJ-born Ms. Vaughan studied piano as a child and went on to win first prize at the Apollo Theater’s famous Amateur Night competition. Billy Eckstine was in the audience that night and before long, Ms. Vaughan would sing with Mr. Eckstine in his band. Her recording of “The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 1 and 2,” is still unmatched for its beauty and brilliance. Photo by Gilles Pet

Sarah Vaughan plays the piano as Duke Ellington and Billy Eckstine look on, circa 1950. The Newark, NJ-born Ms. Vaughan studied piano as a child and went on to win first prize at the Apollo Theater’s famous Amateur Night competition. Billy Eckstine was in the audience that night and before long, Ms. Vaughan would sing with Mr. Eckstine in his band. Her recording of “The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 1 and 2,” is still unmatched for its beauty and brilliance. Photo by Gilles Pet

#bilgemuzik #onlinestore #Turkey | Another Pinner Said--Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington--one of my favourite jazz songbooks !

#bilgemuzik #onlinestore #Turkey | Another Pinner Said--Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington--one of my favourite jazz songbooks !

Duke Ellington. - ELLINGTON called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category." These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz.

Duke Ellington. - ELLINGTON called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category." These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz.

* Duke Ellington: selected songs 1927-1953 + gallery

* Duke Ellington: selected songs 1927-1953 + gallery

Duke Ellington 1899 - 1974 He was a composer, pianist and big band leader.

An originator of big-band jazz, Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his 50-year career, including "Take the A-Train" in 1953.

An originator of big-band jazz, Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his 50-year career, including "Take the A-Train" in 1953.

Duke Ellington in front of the Apollo Theatre, New York, 1963. Photograph by Richard Avedon.

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Duke Ellington in front of the Apollo Theatre, New York, 1963. Photograph by Richard Avedon.

Kay Davis: Singer who worked with Duke Ellington Although she was a classically trained soprano, Kay Davis established her name with the busiest, most famous jazz orchestra of the time, as one of three female singers in the Duke Ellington band. The fact that they were all very talented came first, but Ellington, the great charmer, loved to be in the company of beautiful women.

Kay Davis: Singer who worked with Duke Ellington

Kay Davis: Singer who worked with Duke Ellington Although she was a classically trained soprano, Kay Davis established her name with the busiest, most famous jazz orchestra of the time, as one of three female singers in the Duke Ellington band. The fact that they were all very talented came first, but Ellington, the great charmer, loved to be in the company of beautiful women.

Tribute to Duke Ellington ...  Jazzbar 'The Duke' at Hotel Navarra in Bruges Belgium  http://www.hotelnavarra.com/en/info/254/Bar.html

Tribute to Duke Ellington ... Jazzbar 'The Duke' at Hotel Navarra in Bruges Belgium http://www.hotelnavarra.com/en/info/254/Bar.html

Flyer for Duke Ellington's 1952 Carnegie Hall concert with a host of jazz stars (note the incorrect spelling of the young Ahmad Jamal's name). Courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.

Flyer for Duke Ellington's 1952 Carnegie Hall concert with a host of jazz stars (note the incorrect spelling of the young Ahmad Jamal's name). Courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.

Duke Ellington, Olympia Theater, Paris, by Herman Leonard (1958) repinned by www.blickedeeler.de

Rare Photos of Jazz Icons by Herman Leonard

Duke Ellington, Olympia Theater, Paris, by Herman Leonard (1958) repinned by www.blickedeeler.de

Billy Holiday around 1950. (From Images of Jazz Greats - Slide Show - NYTimes.com ... the color images humanize iconic figures we know mostly in black and white.)

Images of Jazz Greats

Billy Holiday around 1950. (From Images of Jazz Greats - Slide Show - NYTimes.com ... the color images humanize iconic figures we know mostly in black and white.)