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.
February 9, 2003
In Don Heckman's Jazz Spotlight, "Take a bow, players," he lists past jazz violinists Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith. He also mentions some of the newer ones such as Regina Carter and Jean Luc Ponty. I just wonder how he could not have mentioned Ray Nance (who played with Duke Ellington!) as one of the most influential and one of the best of the bunch. John Howard Los Angeles
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.