He was a clerk who received the minimum wage and was barely getting by. He would arrange dance bands for weddings and parties for extra money. His mother taught him how to play the piano. Sometimes he put this knowledge to use and played at a few of the dance parties and weddings. After Duke's first job, he became more interested in painting and the arts.
I decided to do my research paper on Duke Ellington who was a famous jazz composer, and pianist. Ellington gained national fame in the mid-1920s, through his appearances at the Cotton Club with his orchestra. Ellington is considered one of the most famous jazz composers of his time. Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington D.C. His mother Daisy, surrounded Edward with her very polite friends which taught him to have respect and manners for people. After a while his friends started beginning to notice his politeness and his dapper style and gave him the nickname “duke.” When Ellington was seven years old he started taking piano lessons and found his love for music, although his love for baseball was more potent at the time.
Jonathan Larson ~ RENT (February 4, 1960 – January 25, 1996) Composer-lyricist-librettist of RENT, a rock opera inspired by "La Bohème", Jonathan Larson was born in Mt. Vernon, New York, and raised in suburban White Plains, the second child of Allan and Nanette Larson. Both Jonathan's parents loved music and theatre, and show tunes and folk music were always playing in their home. Jon and his sister Julie took piano lessons during elementary school. He could play by ear, and his teacher encouraged him to experiment with rhythm, harmony, and setting words.
Louis Armstrong started out with small gigs; he often played with bands in lesser known clubs, and performed at funerals all around New Orleans. Eventually, after leaving the Colored Waifs Home for Boys, he took on a night job performing in a dance hall at Henry Ponce’s. After forming a band that was known as the “Hot Five,” Louis Armstrong cut his first record in ... ... middle of paper ... ...ng for his mother to finish cooking dinner.” The singer, Billie Holiday, had also shaped her career during the Harlem Renaissance. Holiday had actually performed with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, in her teenage years. Holiday was said to have had an extremely unique sound to her voice.
Although Armstrong was with the Hot Seven, he also performed with another band, Erskine Tate’s Orchestra. He often played in silent movies, however, Armstrong finally switched from playing the cornet to playing the trumpet in 1926. Louis Armstrong’s popularity continued to grow as he continued to perform. He soon performed a duet with a pianist named Earl “Fatha” Hines, who incorporated Armstrong’s ideas into his playing. they were able to produce some of jazz’s greatest records, such as “Weather Bird” and “West End Blues.” The latter recording was considered one of the great musician’s finest works as it combines opera and blues.
Guess what? At the end of my vacation I went and sought for Harvey Brooks in Philadelphia, that was where he showed me some pianistic tricks and shortcuts. His playing triggered me to start up my music career, and then you have it, me, Duke Ellington the musical is born. I learnt from Oliver “Doc” Perry and Louis Brown, they taught me to read music and helped me improve me playing skills on the piano. I also went to find piano playing jobs at clubs and cares in Washington.
Duke got his first job selling peanuts at Washington Senator’s baseball games. This was the first time Duke was placed as a performer for a crowd and had to get over his stage fright. When Duke was fourteen he began sneaking to Frank Holliday’s poolroom. His experiences from the poolroom taught him to appreciate the value in mixing with a lot of people. As duke’s piano lessons faded into the past, Duke began to show an interest for the artistic.
Blanton created some of the first essential bass solos in jazz like some compositions from Ellington like "Ko Ko," "Jack the Bear," and "Concerto for Cootie." Also, he recorded a cycle of duets with his bandleader, Duke Ellington on piano, the one that sounded the best was "Pitter Panther Patter." Jimmy Blanton was beginning to play the bass professionally in city groups which was led by his mother and she was a pianist. After a short time at Tennessee State College, he moved to St. Louis where he joined a band named the “Jeter-Pillars Orchestra” and bands of the Fate Marable's riverboat, where Duke Ellington heard him and then he put him in his band. He was in Ellington’s band for two years because he was diagnosed with congenital tuberculosis.
He was known for famous recordings such as “Sophisticated Lady”, "Take the A Train," "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got that Swing," and "Satin Doll," Duke Ellington started taking piano lessons at age seven and became more serious about his piano lessons after hearing a pianist who worked at Frank Holiday’s poolroom. He was fourteen and had started sneaking into the poolroom. After listening to the poolroom’s pianist, something was ignited within and he fell in love with the piano. Ellington was known for his ability to choose members for his band who possessed very unusual talents while playing their instruments. These talents included Bubber Miley, who used a plunger to make the "wa-wa" sound, and Joe Nanton, who was known for his trombone "growl."
It was during college that his interest in music took off. He was intrigued by Ragtime style pianists in Washington and would seek out Jazz piano players wherever he went. His earliest personal influence was a piano player named Harvey Brooks. Combined with his early teachers, Oliver “Doc” Perry and Louis Brown, Duke Ellington found the encouragement and skills necessary for him to go out and become successful. He left school to pursue music as a career and found some work in Washington with his first band – The Duke’s Serenaders.