October 24, 1993 |
America can boast its true artistic geniuses and its media celebrities, but all too rarely do they coexist in the same individuals. But Edward Kennedy Ellington, whose childhood self-esteem led to his aristocratic nickname, was one of the rare ones. In him, genius and celebrity not only coexisted, they fed on each other.
April 30, 1986 |
A 22-cent stamp honoring Duke Ellington, who died in 1974, was issued Tuesday on what would have been his 87th birthday. The Ellington Band, conducted by his son, Mercer, played "The 22-Cent Stomp" at a ceremony. Ellington, a jazz musician, composed "The 3-Cent Stomp" in 1943.
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August 21, 2013 |
Marian McPartland, a jazz pianist and composer whose radio show "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" was National Public Radio's longest running and most widely carried jazz program, has died. She was 95. McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Port Washington, N.Y., NPR reported . One of the jazz world's most visible female instrumentalists, McPartland's highly personal style was rich with colorful harmonies and briskly swinging rhythms, enhanced by a love of bebop, while adapting smoothly to the many stylistic changes taking place in jazz over the course of a career spanning more than half a century.
January 29, 1995
The California Afro-American Museum has opened a free multimedia exhibit chronicling the 55-year musical career of Duke Ellington. "Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington" features a 5,000-square-foot exhibit of recorded music, photos, films, videos, interactive displays and manuscripts from the man many consider one of the country's greatest composers.