"Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It's not an occupation or profession, it's a compulsion."

  • Born Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington on April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C. Died May 24, 1974, in New York, New York.
     
  • A legendary jazz composer, arranger and bandleader, Duke Ellington wrote a series of songs that became standards, including "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Cotton Tail," "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," "Solitude," and "In A Sentimental Mood."
     
  • Ellington won his first three GRAMMY Awards for the 2nd GRAMMY Awards for 1959, Best Performance By A Dance Band for Anatomy Of A Murder. He made his GRAMMY performance debut with "Satin Doll" on "The Best On Record" in 1966, which commemorated the 8th GRAMMY Awards.
     
  • In 1986 a United States commemorative stamp was issued featuring Ellington's likeness.
     
  • Ellington received The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966 and the Trustees Award, along with Billy Strayhorn, in 1968. "Mood Indigo" was his first recording inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1975.
     
  • The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was founded in 1974 in Washington, D.C., a public high school offering a "dual curriculum encompassing professional arts training and academic enrichment, in preparation for college and careers in the arts."

 

 

Duke Ellington

"Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It's not an occupation or profession, it's a compulsion."

  • Born Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington on April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C. Died May 24, 1974, in New York, New York.
     
  • A legendary jazz composer, arranger and bandleader, Duke Ellington wrote a series of songs that became standards, including "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Cotton Tail," "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," "Solitude," and "In A Sentimental Mood."
     
  • Ellington won his first three GRAMMY Awards for the 2nd GRAMMY Awards for 1959, Best Performance By A Dance Band for Anatomy Of A Murder. He made his GRAMMY performance debut with "Satin Doll" on "The Best On Record" in 1966, which commemorated the 8th GRAMMY Awards.
     
  • In 1986 a United States commemorative stamp was issued featuring Ellington's likeness.
     
  • Ellington received The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966 and the Trustees Award, along with Billy Strayhorn, in 1968. "Mood Indigo" was his first recording inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1975.
     
  • The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was founded in 1974 in Washington, D.C., a public high school offering a "dual curriculum encompassing professional arts training and academic enrichment, in preparation for college and careers in the arts."

 

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Duke Ellington

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Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
Duke Ellington At Fargo, 1940 Live
 
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Best Jazz Performance By A Big Band
The Ellington Suites
 
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Best Jazz Performance By A Big Band
Toga Brava Suite
 
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Best Jazz Performance By A Big Band
New Orleans Suite
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Best Instrumental Composition
New Orleans Suite
 
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Best Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
Duke Ellington - 70th Birthday Concert
 
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Trustees Awards
National Trustees Award - 1968
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
And His Mother Called Him Bill
 
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Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
Far East Suite
 
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Bing Crosby Award - Name changed to GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 1982.
Bing Crosby Award - Name changed to GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 1982.
Best Original Jazz Composition
In The Beginning God
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Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Group Or Soloist With Group
Concert Of Sacred Music (Album)
 
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Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
Ellington '66
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Best Original Jazz Composition
Virgin Islands Suite
 
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Best Original Jazz Composition
Night Creature
 
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Best Jazz Performance - Large Group (Instrumental)
First Time! (Album)
 
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Best Instrumental Theme Or Instrumental Version Of Song
Paris Blues
Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Score From Motion Picture Or Television
Paris Blues (Motion Picture) (Album)
 
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Best Jazz Performance Solo Or Small Group
Back To Back - Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges Play The Blues
Best Jazz Composition Of More Than Five Minutes Duration
Idiom '59
 
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Best Performance By A Dance Band
Anatomy Of A Murder
Best Musical Composition First Recorded And Released In 1959 (More Than 5 Minutes Duration)
Anatomy Of A Murder
Best Sound Track Album - Background Score From A Motion Picture Or Television
Anatomy Of A Murder
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Best Jazz Performance - Group
Ellington Jazz Party (Album)