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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »


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Anatomy of a Murder Music Department
The Matrix Soundtrack
Minority Report Soundtrack
Sphere 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)
  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)
 1961 Paris Blues (musician: piano - uncredited)
 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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CD: "Early Ellington" (MCA) See more »

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


6' 1" (1.85 m)


Edna Thompson  (her death)  (1 child)

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I don't believe in categories of any kind, and when you speak of problems between blacks and whites in the USA. you are referring to categories again. See more »


Charter inductee of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. See more »


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