Happy Birthday, Duke Ellington

April 29, 2012

Edward Kennedy Ellington, born this day in Washington, D.C. in 1899. Composer, bandleader, genius.

The Great Man in action:

One reviewer called Ellington’s autobiography, “Music is My Mistress,” “the story of jazz itself.”

Here are some observations by his friend, music and social issues critic Ralph J. Gleason, at the time of his passing in 1974.

If you’d care to keep this legend’s spirit alive in our young people, consider a donation to the the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.