April 29, 1899, Washington, D.C.
Born Edward Kennedy Ellington, Duke
Ellington was one of the founding fathers of jazz music. He started
playing piano at the age of seven, and by the time he was 15, he was
composing. A pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer, Ellington and
his band played together for 50 years. Some of Ellington's most famous
songs include "Don't Get Around Much Anymore,"
"Sophisticated Lady" and "In a Sentimental Mood."