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Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy.

Listen Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 2

November 26, 2008 – The bandleader's compositions present an indelible contribution to American music's legacy.


The legendary bandleader and composer Duke Ellington produced more than one thousand lasting works.

Listen Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 1

November 19, 2008 – The legendary bandleader and composer produced more than a thousand lasting works.


Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus on the cover of Money Jungle.

Read September Songs: Classic Jazz, Born In The Fall WBGO

September 2, 2008 – In the world of jazz, September sessions have produced some special recordings. WBGO

Marian McPartland

Read A Few Of Marian McPartland's Favorite Things

June 23, 2008 – The Piano Jazz host offers the Top 5 songs and recordings she's listening to right now.

Duke Ellington continues to be a strong influence to this day, even receiving a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.

Read Duke Ellington: Master Of The Jazz Song WESA

April 29, 2008 – Ellington's mark can be found everywhere on jazz, both past and present. WESA

Read Forget Jewelry: Give Your Love Music WESA

February 13, 2008 – Instead of candies and cards, impress your sweetheart with some music inspired by love. WESA

Listen Duke Ellington, 'The Bandleader,' Pt. 2

November 28, 2007 – Duke Ellington's instrument was his orchestra, a hand-picked group of the best musicians available.

Listen Duke Ellington: 'The Bandleader,' Pt. 1

November 21, 2007 – Duke Ellington led an institution which even the greatest musicians aspired to be part of.


Listen Duke Ellington: 'The Maestro,' Pt. 2

November 14, 2007 – Decade after decade, Ellington's ever-talented orchestra rode incredible waves of creativity.


Duke Ellington, ca. 1930.

Listen Duke Ellington: 'The Maestro,' Pt. 1

November 7, 2007 – A bright yet unremarkable teenage boy became the leader of the world's most popular big band.


Listen On His Birthday, a Nod to Duke Ellington

April 27, 2007 – A rememberance of Duke Ellington, who would have been 108 on Sunday, with a bit of his music.


Listen 'Lush Life,' a Self-Portrait in Song

February 6, 2007 – Composer Billy Strayhorn's autobiographical classic attracts a new documentary and a CD.


Listen America Sings!

December 14, 2006 – A varied history of American choral music from colonial anthems to the music of Leonard Bernstein.

Listen Marking Duke Ellington's 106th Birthday

April 29, 2005 – A tribute to late composer and bandleader Duke Ellington on the anniversary of his 106th birthday.


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