The Maestro (Part 1)
NPR profiles Duke Ellington:
In American music, Duke Ellington stands alone. Over a period of 50 years — from the 1920s to the 1970s — Ellington led one of history’s finest performing ensembles and established himself as one of America’s most powerful musical forces. He encountered jazz in its infancy and expanded it into a sophisticated, internationally-celebrated art form.
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