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Title: DUKE ELLINGTON

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Subject: Biographies
Author: James F
Date: July 1, 2016
Level: University
Grade: A
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Ellington always composed with his orchestra members in mind and many of them stayed with him for twenty years or more. In the words of his verteran collaborator and arranger, Billy Strayhorn, "Ellington plays the piano, but his real instrument is his band". From a Washington middle-class background, Ellington took piano lessons as a child, played at dances and parties and wrote his first composition, "Soda Fountain Rag" at the age of sixteen...

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After leaving school he worked as a sign-painter and a clerk while running his first band, which included Sonny Greer (drums) and Otto Hardwick (tenor sax). In 1922 the three moved to New York, where they played briefly with Wilbur Sweatman and Ellington learned Jazz piano from James P. Johnson and Willie "the Lion" Smith...

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