Today in History
April 29, 1899
The Jazz Man
Edward Kennedy Ellington is born in Washington DC, the son of a blueprint maker and occasional White House butler. A childhood friend nicknames him Duke at age eight because of his elegant manner. He goes on to compose more than 6,000 musical pieces, many becoming jazz standards before dying of lung cancer at age 75.
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Louis Armstrong before he was Satchmo? A youthful Ella? For photographs of musicians great or obscure, just about everyone turns to Frank Driggs
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