Loading Events

« All Events

On April 29, 1899, American composer, bandleader, and jazz great Duke Ellington was born in Washington, D.C.

April 29, 2025

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 29 of April, repeating indefinitely

On April 29, 1899, American composer, bandleader, and jazz great Duke Ellington was born in Washington, D.C. Over the course of his career, Ellington wrote over 2,000 songs (!), including such jazz hits as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “I’m Beginning to See the Light” (with Johnny Hodges, Harry James, and Don George).

Did you know? Ellington showed an early talent for music, beginning his study of piano at age 7 and writing his first composition at age 15. He was creative in more than one way, turning down a scholarship to the prestigious art school, Pratt, to pursue his passion for music.

 

 

Duke Ellington, c. 1940s

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

Details

Date:
April 29, 2025
Event Category: