[Portrait of Duke Ellington and Sonny Greer, A...
[Portrait of Duke Ellington and Sonny Greer, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)
I’ve danced around the man a few times while featuring other jazz musicians in the past, but now I think it’s time to pay some unbridled respect to one Edward Kennedy Ellington.

You could just call him “Duke.”

He was quite simply one of the most important figures in American music, not just in jazz.  His music has lived on well past him, with the Duke Ellington Orchestra still playing in concert halls today.

It was — and still is — easy to swing to the music of “The Duke.”

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