Definition of 'Duke' Ellington from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


'Duke' Ellington

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(1899-1974) a US jazz musician who played the piano and wrote music for the band he led. The band became well known at the Cotton Club in Harlem and played a concert at Carnegie Hall (1943). Ellington wrote more than 2 000 pieces, including Mood Indigo (1930), It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (1932) and Sophisticated Lady (1933). He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.