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​Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was born in New York , New York. He was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra from 1923 through the rest of his life. Ellington was known for his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, as well as for his eloquence and charisma. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize Special Award for music in 1999.