Duke Ellington, named Edward Kennedy Ellington at birth, was born on April 29, 1899, in Washington D.C. to James Edward Ellington and Daisy Kennedy Ellington. Both of Ellington’s parents were talented, musical individuals. Edward Kennedy was later nicknamed Duke by his childhood friend, Edgar McEntire and this name has stuck with him throughout his life and career. Duke Ellington was one of Jazz and Big Band’s most influential icons. 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.
George Gershwin began playing music at a very young age, beginning when he was intrigued by the music played at a friend's violin recital. The family bought a second hand piano soon after. The hand-me-down piano was originally intended for his older brother, Ira, but sparked young George's interest at age eleven. Though playing the piano was second nature to George, he sought out help from proffesionals to enhance his preformance ability. Finally, his parents found the renouned piano instructor, Charles Hambitzer, who said in a letter to his sister,"I have a new pupil who will make his mark if anyone will.
While he was locked up he learned how to play the cornet, which is when his love for music evolved, a love for music that would change our industry of music today and forever to come (Bio.com). Once released Louis joined the marching band and the jazz band. Louis joined his first real band called Matrangas at the age of 16. The first night playing Louis raised only three nickels, but eventually was making $1.25 a night once he was put under the spotlight. Louis was so good at playing music people could find him playing in the local bars at the age of 17 (Bio.com).
He continued his musical career as a soloist, performing alongside many outstanding artists such as Bessie Smith and Sidney Beckhet. However, Armstrong returned to Chicago. Upon returning, he formed his own band called Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five. With his newly formed band, Armstrong was able to create over 60 records within a timespan of three years. Furthermore, his band later became the Hot Seven.
At just the age of six Louis and three other boys form a vocal quartet and they would perform on the street corners for tips. In 1922 at the age of 21 Louis moves to Chicago to play second cornet in the band of Joe Oliver. As Louis performs he is slowly being recognized for his music. Finally on April 5 1923 he recorded his first song at the Gennett Studios in Richmond, Indiana as a member of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. In February of 1924 he marries Lil Hardin.
By age eleven, while under the teachings of a German music teacher named Juliuss Weiss, Joplin was learning the finer points of harmony and style. As a teenager, he played well enough to be employed as a dance musician. In 1884, Joplin left home and traveled the Midwest for some time as an intinerant pianist playing in saloons and brothels. He settled in St. Louis a few years later and continued his studies. He found employment there in the city's prostitution district playing as a cafe pianist.
Edward Kennedy Ellington, American jazz composer, orchestrator, bandleader, and pianist, is considered to be the greatest composer in the history of jazz music and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. He composed over 2000 works and performed numerous concerts during his musical career. A compilation of some of his most popular music is collected on a CD called "The Popular Duke Ellington." Ellington personally created most of the music played by his orchestra. He often wrote pieces for specific players with distinctive musical styles in his band, such as "Concerto for Cootie" (1940) for fellow musician and trumpeter, Cootie Williams. With the help from American trumpeter James "Bubber" Miley, Ellington often incorporated in his music the jungle effect.
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.
Duke, himself, was an elegant man. When the white people looked down on the black man and his music, Duke managed to brin... ... middle of paper ... ...6 that boomed with popularity as the demand for big bands playing this new swing music was in intense demand. Later on Duke hired a lyrical writer named Billy Strayhorn that led a premature death in 1967. But when Strayhorn was with the band he wrote many compositions that often went into the band's book of music. Then in 1942 Duke hired one of the best tenor saxophonists ever and let him play the first tenor sax solo ever arranged by Duke Ellington.
Body And Soul - Coleman Hawkins Having learned the piano and cello early as a child Coleman turned to the Saxophone at the age of nine. By the time he was fourteen he was playing in gigs all around Kansas. Coleman’s first band was with Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds and played fulltime for a year. While playing for Ms. Smith, Coleman met other notable musicians including Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, and Herb Flemming. Coleman introduced the tenor saxophone at a time when the sax was not popular among Jazz Musicians and was called the “Father of the Tenor Saxophone”.