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A Portrait of Duke EllingtonBy Tracy FrechDuke Ellington is considered to be one of the greatest figures in the historyof American music Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington was born in WashingtonDC on April 29 1899His parents were James Edward and Daisy Kennedy Ellington They raised Dukeas an only child until his sister Ruth was born when Duke was sixteenyears oldDuke even as a teenager had a great talent for music In the beginningof his musical life Duke began to take a promising interest in a new typeof music that would later be called jazz Choosing to base his career ona new idea may not have been smart but Duke did take this chance and inturn became one of the most famous musicians in AmericaDukes first job was at a government office He was a clerk who receivedthe minimum wage and was barely getting by He would arrange dance bandsfor weddings and parties for extra money His mother taught him how to playthe piano Sometimes he put this knowledge to use and played at a few ofthe dance parties and weddingsAfter Dukes first job he became more interested in painting and thearts For a few years he painted public posters Duke then decided to puttogether his own band At this point in his life things started to changefor the better for Duke but not for long In those days this new musicwas just beginning to develop and would later be given the name of jazzIn that time it was considered to be low and vulgar because it was musicthat grew directly out of the Black culture In those early years segregationwas at one of its all time worst points in history I think that is why DukeEllington was one of the most important individuals to the growth and developmentof jazzDuring Dukes long career the new music slowly spread out of bars andsaloons to dance and night clubs and then eventually onto the concert stageIn time jazz became
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