Duke Ellington (1899–1974)

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Composer ("It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", "Solitude", "In a Mellotone", "Satin Doll"), pianist and conductor, holder of an honorary music degree from Wilberforce University and an LHD from Milton College, Duke Ellington led his own orchestra by 1918, and came to New York in 1923, appearing ... See full bio »

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Known For

Anatomy of a Murder Music Department
The Matrix Soundtrack
Minority Report Soundtrack
Game Night Soundtrack


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 2021 Guard Duty Doggy (Short) (featuring the music of)
 2016 Trilogie De Tragedie (musician)
 2006 Nutcracker Sweeties (TV Movie) (musical adaptation)
 2005 Great Women Singers of the 20th Century: Chaka Khan (Video) (music: arranged "Take The 'A' Train")
 1981 Say Brother (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Blues and Gone (1981) ... (music)
 1969 Change of Mind (conductor)
 1961 Paris Blues (musician: piano - uncredited)
  The Asphalt Jungle (TV Series) (composer - 13 episodes, 1961) (conductor - 1 episode, 1961)
- The Scott Machine (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Dark Night (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Kidnapping (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Fighter (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Professor (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder (musician: piano - uncredited)
 1956-1958 Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z (TV Series) (featuring the music of - 2 episodes)
- E (1958) ... (featuring the music of)
- E (1956) ... (featuring the music of)
 1934 Many Happy Returns (musician: piano for Guy Lombardo - uncredited)
 1934 Masks and Memories (Short) (composer: songs)
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(11/82) Stage: Wrote "Sophisticated Ladies," performed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. Musical. Cast: Maurice Hines, Judith Jamison and Phyllis Hyman. Michael Smuin was director. See more »

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5 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | See more »


6' 1" (1.85 m)


Edna Thompson  (her death)  (1 child)

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[in reply to a question about how he got the scar on his face] I have four stories about it, and it depends on which you like the best. One is a taxicab accident; another is that I slipped and fell on a broken bottle; then there is a jealous woman; and last is Old Heidelberg, where they used to stand toe to toe with a saber in each hand, and slash away. The first man to step back lost the contest... See more »


Was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity. See more »


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