During Ellington’s childhood, he was surrounded by music. In turn, he became a very famous African American musician. Duke Ellington was born on April 29, 1899. He grew up in Washington, D.C. When he turned seven, he started taking piano lessons from Henry Grant. On the website it says that he confessed that he did not take to the piano childhood; he wanted to play baseball instead (Public Broadcasting Service). His mother played piano and wanted him to also. Growing up he hung out at the Howard Theater. PBS said “He fell in love with the rolling style and the chatty worldliness of itinerant piano players, whose style he combined with that of the “academic” pianists mushroomed during World War I.” His first song was written when he was 16 years old (Public Broadcasting Service). As time grew Ellington had his own “four-piece combo.” Later Ellington started a band called “The Washingtonians”. They played in the regular broadcasts on NBC. They quickly grew popular. During tours he always visited his parents and often saw his aunts, uncles and cousins (Public Broadcasting Service). He never lost contact with home, where his music began.
Although the Civil ...
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...osa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and many other people who helped change our country and help it become one nation. Thanks to Duke Ellington’s upbringing he has impacted a lot of people and changed the way music has been portrayed in the world.
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