Yun-Hsin Lai Music 007 Section 004 Duke Ellington – “Take the A Train” (ft. Duke Ellington, Ray Nance, Billy Strayhorn, Ernie Shepard) Born in Washington D.C in 1899, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington stood out and is one of the major figures in the history of jazz. He was born into a musician family in which he was raised by two parents who were very talented musicians. His journey in music began when he started learning piano at the age of 7. He acquired his nickname “Duke” from his elegant and gentle manner. Very talented, he wrote his first composition “Soda Fountain Rag” when he was only 15 and began his professional career when he was 17 (biography.com). In addition to his talents as a piano player, he also proved his natural gifts in composing, arranging and leading a band. As the band leader of a sextet, he and his band called The Washingtonians, performed at The Hollywood Club in Manhattan (redhotjazz.com). His band members included some great and famous musicians such as Bubber Miley, Joe Nanton, Cootie Williams, Rex Steward, and Johnny Hodges. The Duke Ellington Orchestra quickly rose in popularity as they performed and became the house band at the Cotton Club. Later in 1931, they
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