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Duke Ellington

Biography

Among American jazz’s most influential numbers. He led his famed orchestra from 1923 until his loss of life. He was known as Duke by his close friends we were young because his suave elegance reminded them of the nobleman. He known as his music American Music, not really jazz. He helped create a lot more than 1,000 initial pieces, a lot of which became hallmarks. His parents, Wayne Edward and Daisy Kennedy Ellington, both performed the piano. He wedded Edna Thompson, his senior high school sweetheart, on July 2, 1918, plus they had one young child collectively. They separated in the past due 1920s. He was commemorated by Stevie Question with “Sir Duke,” a track Wonder published in 1976.

Quick Facts


Full Name Duke Ellington
Date Of Birth April 29, 1899
Died May 24, 1974, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Washington, DC
Height 1.85 m
Profession Pianist
Education Armstrong High School
Nationality American
Spouse Edna Thompson
Children Mercer Ellington
Parents James Edward Ellington, Daisy Kennedy Ellington
Siblings Ruth Ellington
Star Sign Taurus

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1Second cousin of the artist Romare Bearden.
2Ellington was celebrated in Stevie Wonder's song "Sir Duke" (from "Songs in the Key of Life" (1976)).
3His image is part the central design on the reverse of the District of Columbia 25¢ commemorative coin issued in 2009, as part of the USA's Statehood Quarters series. He is shown seated next to a piano, and the name "DUKE ELLINGTON" is engraved in the area above the piano keys.
4He was awarded the Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6535 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5Interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, NY (Division 49, at Fir & Knollwood Avenues).
6(July 16, 2008) Pictured in silhouette in a poster for the film Black and Tan (1929) on a 42¢ USA commemorative postage stamp celebrating Vintage Black Cinema.
7Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. [1971]
8Grandfather of actress/singer/dancer Mercedes Ellington.
9Father of trumpeter/band leader Mercer Ellington, who assumed leadership of the Ellington band at his father's death.
10Was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity.
11Charter inductee of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. [1978]
12Pictured on a 22¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Performing Arts series (97th anniversary of his birth). [April 1986]


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let It Be Me1995writer: "C Jam Blues"
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentary writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
White Man's Burden1995writer: "Prelude To A Kiss"
Devil in a Blue Dress1995performer: "HY-AH SU", "MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE MY WAYS" / writer: "HY-AH SU", "MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE MY WAYS"
Forget Paris1995writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Just Cause1995writer: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good"
Miami Rhapsody1995writer: "I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN'T GOOD"
Bert1994TV Series "ECHOES OF HARLEM"
BaseballTV Mini-Series documentary performer - 3 episodes, 1994 writer - 3 episodes, 1994
Bullets Over Broadway1994performer: "That Jungle Jamboree"
Corrina, Corrina1994performer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING" / writer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING"
Bottle Rocket1994Short performer: "Stevie" / writer: "Stevie"
The Hudsucker Proxy1994"In A Sentimental Mood" / performer: "Flying Home"
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music1993Documentary performer: "Ko-Ko"
Memory1993TV Movie music: "Pega'm amb el saxo i fes-me mal"
Short Cuts1993music: "I'm Gonna Go Fishin" 1959
Rising Sun1993writer: "SINGLE PETAL OF A ROSE"
Marraskuun harmaa valo1993writer: "Night Train"
Lipstick on Your Collar1993TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Swing Kids1993writer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING"
Malcolm X1992performer: "Arabesque Cookie" / writer: "Drop Me Off in Harlem", "Azure", "Arabesque Cookie"
Glengarry Glen Ross1992writer: "Prelude to a Kiss", "Daydream"
Prelude to a Kiss1992writer: "Prelude to a Kiss"
A League of Their Own1992writer: "In a Sentimental Mood"
White Men Can't Jump1992writer: "MOOD INDIGO"
The Mambo Kings1992performer: "In A Sentimental Mood" / writer: "In A Sentimental Mood"
Wild Blade1991music: "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" / performer: "El Gato"
The Addams Family1991"The Mooche"
Other People's Money1991writer: "Solitude"
En dag i oktober1991writer: "THE JEEP IS JUMPIN'"
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear1991"SATIN DOLL"
The Rocketeer1991writer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD"
Oscar1991performer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" / writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm"
Flirting1991writer: "The Moochie" - as Ellington
Guilty by Suspicion1991performer: "I'M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO" / writer: "I'M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO"
He Said, She Said1991"I'm Just A Lucky So-and-So", "In A Sentimental Mood"
Alice1990writer: "Caravan" 1937 - as Edward Kennedy Ellington
Wild at Heart1990performer: "First Movement" / writer: "First Movement"
White Hunter Black Heart1990writer: "SATIN DOLL"
Räpsy & Dolly eli Pariisi odottaa1990writer: "Caravan"
Strike It Rich1990music: "Prelude to a Kiss" - uncredited
Valentina1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
Harlem Nights1989music: "Drop Me Off In Harlem", "The Gal From Joe's", "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady" / performer: "Drop Me Off In Harlem", "Take The 'A' Train" / writer: "Black Beauty", "Mood Indigo"
The Fabulous Baker Boys1989writer: "Prelude to a Kiss", "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me", "Solitude" - as Edward Kennedy Ellington
When Harry Met Sally...1989writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Bloodhounds of Broadway1989writer: "The Mooch"
Field of Dreams1989performer: "Lotus Blossom"
The Toxic Avenger Part II1989writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing"
Full Moon in Blue Water1988music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
La nuit Bengali1988writer: "East St-Louis Toodle-oo"
Let's Get Lost1988Documentary "Daydream", "In a Sentimental Mood"
Driving Me Crazy1988Documentary writer: "Ive Got To Be a Rug Cutter" - uncredited
Envoyez les violons1988writer: "C JamBlues"
Sunset1988performer: "Black And Tan Fantasy"
Biloxi Blues1988writer: "Solitude"
Dolly1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Untouchables1987writer: "MOOD INDIGO"
In the Mood1987writer: "SOLITUDE"
Radio Days1987performer: "Take the 'A' Train" 1941
Royal Society Jazz Orchestra1986TV Special music: "Black and Tan Fantasy"
Näkemiin, hyvästi1986writer: "Caravan"
The Singing Detective1986TV Mini-Series writer - 3 episodes
Tough Guys1986music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - as Edward Kennedy Ellington
Miss Mary1986writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling1986writer: "Just Squeeze Me"
Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite1985writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
Kerouac, the Movie1985Documentary "I've Got the World On a String" / performer: "Jumpin' Pumpkins, "Creole Love Call" / writer: "Jumpin' Pumpkins, "Creole Love Call"
The Cotton Club1984lyrics: "Creole Love Call", "Mood Indigo" / music: "The Mooche", "Cotton Club Stomp #2", "Drop Me Off In Harlem", "Creole Love Call", "Ring Dem Bells", "East St.Louis Toodle-O", "Cotton Club Stomp #1", "Mood Indigo", "Daybreak Express Medley"
Maria's Lovers1984writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1984TV Series writer - 1 episode
Frances1982music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Let's Spend the Night Together1982Documentary "Take The A Train"
Police Squad!1982TV Series 1 episode
Reborn1981"Mood Indigo"
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV Special writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm"
Rough Cut1980writer: "Sophisticated Lady", "Satin Doll", "C Jam Blues", "Mood Indigo", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", "In a Sentimental Mood", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Caravan", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited
Série noire1979performer: "Moonlight fiesta"
The Muppet Show1978TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Turning Point1977music: "Elingtonia"
Ecco noi per esempio...1977"Sofisticated Lady"
The Richard Pryor Show1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1976TV Series music - 1 episode
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975Documentary music: "Saddest Tale Blues" 1934 / performer: "Downtown Uproar" 1938 / writer: "Downtown Uproar" 1938
The Conversation1974music: "Sophisticated Lady" 1932
Teresa la ladra1973music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" Never No Lament
England Made Me1973music: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING'
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly1973TV Special writer: "I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues", "Rocks in My Bed", "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good", "Mood Indigo"
The Catcher1972TV Movie writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Malcolm X1972Documentary writer: "The Mooch"
My Tongue Is -Quick!1971"My Old Flame", uncredited
The Mike Douglas Show1970TV Series writer - 1 episode
Adalen 311969music: "Black and Tan Fantasy" - uncredited
Love You Madly: A Salute to Duke Ellington1969TV Movie writer: "Creole Love", "I'm Beginning to See the Light", "In a Sentimental Mood", "Lay-by", "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart", "Rockin' in Rhythm", "Sophisticated Lady", "C-jam Blues"
Darker Than You Thinkperformer: "Take the A Train", "Sophisticated Lady" / writer: "Sophisticated Lady" announced
Handicap1968Short performer: "My Funny Valentine"
Strictly Come Dancing2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV Series music - 1 episode
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change2016Documentary performer: "Angelica" / writer: "Angelica"
The Bell Telephone HourTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1967 writer - 1 episode, 1967
Manchester by the Sea2016writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light"
Center StageTV Mini-Series music - 1 episode, 1967 performer - 1 episode, 1967 writer - 1 episode, 1967
Nature Photographs2016Short performer: "Take The A Train"
A la memoria del autor1966Short writer: "The Single Petal of a Rose"
GothamTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The Danny Kaye Show1966TV Series music - 1 episode
Sommeren '922015writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show1966TV Series music - 1 episode
Agent Carter2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig!1965TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fresh Dressed2015Documentary music: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" / performer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
La revue des feuilletons1963TV Series short music - 1 episode
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1963TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sharkskin2015arranger: "Main Stem" / writer: "Main Stem"
The Avengers1962TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2014 music - 1 episode, 2014
Boccaccio '701962writer: "Day Dream"
Christmas in Rockefeller Center2014TV Special music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
All Night Long1962writer: "In A Sentimmental Mood", "Mood Indigo"
Boardwalk EmpireTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2011 - 2014 performer - 2 episodes, 2014
Paris Blues1961music: "You Know Something?", "Battle Royal", "Bird Jungle", "What's Paris Blues?", "Mood Indigo" uncredited, "Autumnal Suite" uncredited, "Nite", "Wild Man Moore" uncredited, "Paris Stairs", "I Wasn't Shopping", "Guitar Amour", "A Return Reservation", "Paris Blues"
Cássia2014Documentary writer: "I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues"
The Last Time I Saw Archie1961music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
ManhattanTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Glenn Miller Time1961TV Series writer - 1 episode
Still2014/IIperformer: "Creole Love Call" / writer: "Creole Love Call"
Dante1960TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 50 Year Argument2014Documentary writer: "Mood Indigo"
Peter Gunn1958-1960TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV Special writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing"
Perry Como's Kraft Music HallTV Series music - 1 episode, 1959 writer - 1 episode, 1958
Whiplash2014writer: "Caravan"
Timex All-Star Jazz ShowTV Series music - 2 episodes, 1957 - 1959 performer - 1 episode, 1959
Frauenherzen2014TV Movie writer: "Doo Uap, Doo Uap, Doo Uap" - uncredited
Jazz PartyTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1958 music - 1 episode, 1958
No Kaddish in Carmarthen2013Short performer: "Take The A Train"
You Bet Your LifeTV Series music - 2 episodes, 1956 - 1958 writer - 1 episode, 1954
The Swing of Things2013Short performer: "Take the A Train"
The Frank Sinatra Show1957TV Series music - 1 episode
Hawaii Five-0TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Lux Show1957TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Hustle2013performer: "Jeep's Blues" / writer: "Jeep's Blues"
The Nat King Cole Show1957TV Series music - 1 episode
Dancing with the StarsTV Series 1 episode, 2013 writer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2013 music - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2011
A Hatful of Rain1957music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited
American Horror Story2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
This Could Be the Night1957music: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" - uncredited
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries2012-2013TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Stars of Jazz1956TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bi no tsuboTV Series 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013 music - 1 episode, 2013
The Bottom of the Bottle1956music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited
Paris à tout prix2013writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Show Time at the ApolloTV Series performer - 3 episodes writer - 2 episodes music - 1 episode
L'écume des jours2013performer: "Fleurette Africaine" / writer: "Caravan", "The Mood to be Wooed", "Sophisticated Lady", "Fleurette Africaine", "Slap Happy" uncredited
Mood Indigo1952Short writer: "Mood Indigo"
422013performer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" / writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Solitude1952Short writer: "Solitude"
The Vampire DiariesTV Series music - 1 episode, 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Sophisticated Lady1952Short writer: "Sophisticted Lady"
30 Rock2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deadline - U.S.A.1952music: "Mood Indigo" - uncredited
Three Vignettes2012Video short writer: "Jubilee Stomp"
Half Angel1951music: "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited
Gambit2012/Iwriter: "East St. Louis Toodle Oo"
No Way Out1950music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Sophisticated Lady", "In a Sentimental Mood" - uncredited
The Artist and the Model2012performer: "Caravan"
Adventures in JazzTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1949 writer - 1 episode, 1949
The Master2012performer: "Dancers in Love", "Lotus Blossom" / writer: "Dancers in Love"
Symphony in Swing1949Short arranger: "Frankie and Johnnie" / performer: "Frankie and Johnnie"
Ginger & Rosa2012performer: "Take the A Train"
Floor Show1949TV Series writer - 1 episode
Breaking BadTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Date with Duke1947Short performer: "Perfume Suite" - uncredited / writer: "Perfume Suite" - uncredited
American Idol2012TV Series music - 1 episode
Breakin' It Down1946Short writer: "Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin'" - uncredited
Banda sonora2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dark Corner1946music: "Mood Indigo" - uncredited
Friends with Kids2011writer: "Angelica"
People Are Funny1946"Every Hour on the Hour"
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Man from Oklahoma1945writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" - uncredited
So You Think You Can DanceTV Series music - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2005
War Comes to America1945Documentary music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited
L.A. Noire2011Video Game as Edward Kennedy Ellington, "Maybe I Should Change My Ways" / performer: "Maybe I Should Change My Ways"
The Mouse Comes to Dinner1945Short music: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good", "Don't Get Around Much Any More" - uncredited
The Artist2011/I"Jubilee Stomp" / performer: "Jubilee Stomp"
Swingtime Holiday1944Short writer: "Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me"
The Fairy2011performer: "Little Max", "Blues in orbit" / writer: "Little Max", "Blues in orbit"
So's Your Uncle1943music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Mildred PierceTV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Cabin in the Sky1943performer: "Going Up" 1943 / writer: "Going Up" 1943
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place2011Documentary performer: "In A Sentimental Mood" / writer: "In A Sentimental Mood"
Reveille with Beverly1943performer: "Take the 'A' Train"
Martha Marcy May Marlene2011writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
Air Force1943writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" 1923 - uncredited
Mafia II2010Video Game "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING" / writer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING"
Don't Get Around Much Anymore1943Short music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
The Presence2010"Echoes of Harlem"
Harry Parry and His Radio Rhythm Club Septet1943Short writer: "I've Got It Bad And That Ain't Good"
Tournée2010writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy"
Bli-Bip1942Short music: "Bli-Blip"
The Pacific2010TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Jam Session1942Short performer: "C-Jam Blues" / writer: "C-Jam Blues"
'Master Harold' ... And the Boys2010writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Ice-Capades1941music: "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentary music: "Satin Doll" / performer: "Satin Doll"
The Shining Hour1938music: "Mood Indigo" 1930 - uncredited
The National Parks: America's Best IdeaTV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Underworld1937music: "It Don't Mean a Thing"
Up in the Air2009/Iwriter: "Mood Indigo" 1931 - as Edward Ellington
The Hit Parade1937lyrics: "I've Got to be a Rough Cutter" / music: "I've Got to be a Rough Cutter"
My Music: The Big Band Years2009TV Movie performer: "Take the 'A' Train" - uncredited
Roof Tops of Manhattan1935Short music: "Mood Indigo" 1930 - uncredited
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentary writer: "Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life", "I've Got Those Lost My Man Blues" - uncredited
Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life1935Short writer: "Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life"
He's Just Not That Into You2009writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
Vaudeville1934/IIShort music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" - uncredited
Eli Stone2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Masks and Memories1934Short music: "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited
Two Lovers2008writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" 1931
A Bundle of Blues1933Short writer: "Lightnin'", "Rockin' In Rhythm", "A Bundle of Blues"
A Christmas Tale2008performer: "Fleurette africaine" African Flower, "Ad Lib On Nippon" / writer: "Fleurette africaine" African Flower, "Ad Lib On Nippon"
Advice to the Lovelorn1933music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If You Ain't Got That Swing" Uncredited
Grand Theft Auto IV2008Video Game performer: "Take the "A" Train"
Betty Boop's May Party1933Short music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" - uncredited
Skins2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Check and Double Check1930writer: "Harlem Speaks" 1930, "Old Man Blues" 1930 - uncredited
X Factor2008TV Series music - 1 episode
Black and Tan1929Short music: "Cotton Club Stomp" / performer: "Black and Tan Fantasy", "Black Beauty", "The Duke Steps Out", "Cotton Club Stomp", "Hot Feet" / writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy", "Black Beauty", "The Duke Steps Out"
Be Kind Rewind2008writer: "Solitude"
Rhythms1929Short music: "The Mooche" - uncredited
The Great Debaters2007writer: "Delta Serenade" - as Edward Ellington
American MastersTV Series documentary music - 2 episodes, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2005
Melba Moore: Live in Concert2007Video writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Great Performances2007TV Series music - 1 episode
Ocean's Thirteen2007writer: "Caravan" 1937
The SopranosTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2007
Ella2007/IIDocumentary short music: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING" / performer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING"
Shanghai Kiss2007writer: "Acht O'Clock Rock Remix"
Does Your Soul Have a Cold?2007Documentary writer: "Solitude"
King of California2007writer: "In A Sentimental Mood inst"
African American Lives2006TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Munich2005writer: "Prelude to a Kiss" - as Edward "Duke" Ellington
Rumor Has It...2005performer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light" / writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light"
The White Countess2005music: "Mood Indigo" 1930
Prime2005performer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD" / writer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD"
Stranded in Canton2005Documentary writer: "Sophisticated lady"
Breakfast on Pluto2005writer: "Caravan" 1937
The Lost City2005performer: "Limbo Jazz" / writer: "Limbo Jazz"
Cold CaseTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2004 - 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Australian Idol2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Independent LensTV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2004 writer - 2 episodes, 2004
Melinda and Melinda2004music: "In a Mellow Tone" 1939, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" 1942, "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" 1938 / performer: "Take The 'A' Train" 1941, "In a Mellow Tone" 1939, "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" 1938
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers2004writer: "I'm a Just a Lucky So & So"
The Notebook2004writer: "Alabamy Home" 1937
Rosemary Clooney: Singing at Her Best2004Video short writer: "I'm Checkin' Out, Goom-bye"
Mona Lisa Smile2003writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Angels in AmericaTV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Alejandro y Ana. Lo que España no pudo ver del banquete de la boda de la hija del presidente2003Video writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
The Matrix Revolutions2003writer: "I'm Beginning To See the Light"
The BluesTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
The Human Stain2003music: "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" 1941 / writer: "Day Dream" 1939
Bright Young Things2003writer: "Caravan"
Ben Webster2003TV Movie documentary writer: "In a Mellow Tone" - as Ellington
7th Heaven2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Närvarande2003Documentary writer: "Ko-Ko", "Portrait of Bert Williams"
Race: The Power of an Illusion2003TV Series documentary 1 episode
Comedian2002Documentary writer: "Caravan"
Crossing JordanTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven2002Video Game writer: "The Mooche", "Caravan"
The Wire2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Minority Report2002writer: "Solitude" 1934
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood2002lyrics: "Mood Indigo" 1931 / music: "Mood Indigo" 1931 / performer: "Mood Indigo" 1931
Une affaire privée2002writer: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good"
Hart's War2002writer: "Mood Indigo" - as Edward Ellington
Anouk - Lost Tracks2001Video writer: "Mood indigo"
Ocean's Eleven2001writer: "Caravan"
One Night with Robbie Williams2001TV Special documentary writer: "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me"
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion2001music: "Sophisticated Lady" / performer: "Sophisticated Lady"
An American Rhapsody2001music: "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" 1945
Desaliñada2001Short writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Angel Eyes2001writer: "In A Sentimental Mood"
Chocolat2000writer: "Caravan"
The Legend of Bagger Vance2000performer: "Mood Indigo" / writer: "Mood Indigo"
Pollock2000performer: "It's Sad But True"
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells2000TV Movie music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Yksityisetsivän tytär2000Short lyrics: "A Drum is a Woman" / music: "A Drum is a Woman"
The Yards2000music: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" 1944 - as Edward Kennedy Ellington
My Dog Skip2000writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Any Given Sunday1999writer: "I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOU"
The Green Mile1999performer: "Three Little Words"
Pitch People1999Documentary writer: "Mood Indigo"
Sweet and Lowdown1999music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" 1931 / writer: "Caravan" 1936
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge1999TV Movie writer: "Rent Party Blues"
Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Fillmore1999TV Movie documentary performer: "DIMINUENDO IN BLUE & CRESCENDO IN BLUE" / writer: "DIMINUENDO IN BLUE & CRESCENDO IN BLUE"
Eyes Wide Shut1999music: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" 1941
The Thirteenth Floor1999writer: "Caravan"
Life1999/Iwriter: "Drop Me Off in Harlem"
The Matrix1999performer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" / writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1999TV Series 1 episode
Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy1999TV Series music - 1 episode
Fallen Arches1998writer: "Solitude" - as Ellington
It All Came True1998writer: "Mood Indigo", "Rockin' In Rhythm"
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998Documentary music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Living Out Loud1998writer: "Low Key Lightly", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Rounders1998performer: "Warm Valley" / writer: "Warm Valley"
Saving Private Ryan1998music: "Solitude" 1934
The Odd Couple II1998"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
The Big Lebowski1998writer: "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good"
Sphere1998music: "DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE"
The Harmonists1997writer: "Creole Love Call"
Seven Years in Tibet1997performer: "Perdido"
The Big One1997Documentary performer: "Mississipi Moan" 1927 / writer: "Mississipi Moan" 1927
Double Tap1997performer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Hoodlum1997writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Oz1997TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula1997Documentary writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy"
Addicted to Love1997writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Ulee's Gold1997writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
Love Jones1997performer: "In a Sentimental Mood" / writer: "In a Sentimental Mood"
Metro1997performer: "THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE"
The Mirror Has Two Faces1996writer: "In a Sentimental Mood"
Swingers1996writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Larger Than Life1996writer: "Just a Lucky So & So"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trilogie De Tragedie2016musician
Nutcracker Sweeties2006TV Movie musical adaptation
Great Women Singers of the 20th Century: Chaka Khan2005Video music: arranged "Take The 'A' Train"
Say Brother1981TV Series music - 1 episode
Change of Mind1969conductor
Paris Blues1961musician: piano - uncredited
The Asphalt JungleTV Series composer - 13 episodes, 1961 conductor - 1 episode, 1961
Anatomy of a Murder1959musician: piano - uncredited
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z1956-1958TV Series featuring the music of - 2 episodes
Many Happy Returns1934musician: piano for 'Guy Lombardo'qv
Masks and Memories1934Short composer: song

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anatomy of a Murder1959Pie Eye (uncredited)
The United States Steel Hour1957TV SeriesNarrator
Symphony in Swing1949ShortDuke Ellington
Cabin in the Sky1943Duke Ellington
Reveille with Beverly1943Orchestra Leader
Birth of the Blues1941Duke Ellington
The Hit Parade1937Duke Ellington
Belle of the Nineties1934Piano Player
Black and Tan1929ShortDuke Ellington

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Honest Buck2013Short completed
Talking Sticks: A Musical Journey2014Documentary
Change of Mind1969
Assault on a Queen1966
Paris Blues1961
Anatomy of a Murder1959
Holiday1957Documentary short
Salute to Duke Ellington1950Short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mood Indigo1952ShortHimself
Solitude1952ShortHimself
Sophisticated Lady1952ShortHimself
V.I.P.'s Boogie1951ShortHimself
Songs for Sale1951TV SeriesHimself
Kreisler Bandstand1951TV SeriesHimself
Showtime, U.S.A.1950TV SeriesHimself
The Faye Emerson Show1950TV SeriesHimself
Salute to Duke Ellington1950ShortHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1949TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Adventures in Jazz1949TV SeriesHimself
Date with Duke1947ShortHimself
Upbeat in Music1943Documentary shortHimself - Band Leader
I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good1942ShortHimself
Jam Session1942ShortHimself - Piano
Flamingo1942ShortHimself - Bandleader
Hot Chocolate1941ShortHimself
Verdensberømtheder i København1939ShortHimself
Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life1935ShortHimself
Murder at the Vanities1934Himself (as Duke Ellington's Orchestra)
A Bundle of Blues1933ShortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. A-91933ShortHimself (uncredited)
America's Book of Secrets2013TV SeriesHimself
Improvisation2004Himself
Jazz2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Memories of Duke1980DocumentaryHimself
Happy Days1970-1976TV SeriesHimself
On the Road with Duke Ellington1974DocumentaryHimself
Le grand échiquier1973TV SeriesHimself
Iltatähti1973TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
3. November 19731973TV MovieHimself
This Is Your Life1973TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1973TV SeriesHimself
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly1973TV SpecialHimself
Timex All-Star Swing Festival1972TV SpecialHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Music on 21970TV SeriesHimself
...And Beautiful II1970TV MovieHimself - Pianist
The David Frost Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1959-1970TV SeriesHimself - Band Leader / Himself / Pianist / ...
The Red Skelton Hour1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest Orchestra Conductor
Frost on Saturday1969TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
Love You Madly: A Salute to Duke Ellington1969TV MovieHimself
Newport Jazz Festival1968TV SpecialHimself
NET Festival1968TV Series documentaryHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1959-1967TV SeriesHimself - Pianist / Himself / Himself - Band Leader
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1967TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Bandleader
NET Playhouse1967TV SeriesHimself
Center Stage1967TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Noche del sábado1966TV SeriesHimself
Tempo1966TV SeriesHimself
The Strolling '20s1966TV MovieHimself
Late Night Line-Up1965TV SeriesHimself
The Twentieth Century1964TV Series documentary
That Regis Philbin Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHimself
Jazz 6251964TV SeriesHimself - music performer
Duke Ellington: Live in Montreal1964TV MovieHimself - Host / Piano
The Keefe Brasselle Show1963TV SeriesHimself
Here's Edie1962TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Musician
The Garry Moore Show1962TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Schlager-Raketen1960Himself
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show1959TV SeriesHimself
Spectacular1959TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Timex All-Star Jazz Show1959TV SeriesHimself
Monitor1958TV Series documentaryHimself - 'Duke Ellington'
The Subject Is Jazz1958TV SeriesHimself
Standard Oil New Jersey Presents Its 75th Anniversary Entertainment1957TV MovieHimself
The Vic Damone Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Person to Person1957TV Series documentaryHimself
Wide Wide World1957TV Series documentaryHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Frankie Laine Time1955-1956TV SeriesHimself
Rock 'n' Roll Revue1955ShortHimself
Music 551955TV Series documentaryHimself
Show Time at the Apollo1955TV SeriesHimself - Orchestra Leader
The Jackie Gleason Show1955TV SeriesHimself - Guest Band Leader / Pianist
What's My Line?1953TV SeriesHimself
Caravan1952/IIShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Starlight Ballroom2015TV MovieHimself
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown2014DocumentaryHimself
Jazz Legends in Their Own Words2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark2014DocumentaryHimself
Jazz 625 at the BBC2014TV Movie
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America2012DocumentaryHimself
When Seattle Invented the Future: The 1962 World's Fair2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Black Wings2012DocumentaryHimself
Prohibition2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Michel Petrucciani2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Io sono Tony Scott, ovvero come l'Italia fece fuori il più grande clarinettista del jazz2010DocumentaryHimself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jazz Giants of the 20th Century2007Video documentaryHimself
Reminiscing in Tempo2006DocumentaryHimself
Duke Ellington Swinging at His Best2005VideoHimself
Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection2005VideoHimself
Great Performances2005TV SeriesHimself
Harlem Renaissance2004Video documentary
My Kinda People2003TV MovieHimself
The Blues2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Rhapsody in Black2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinerama Adventure2002DocumentaryHimself
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryHimself
New York: A Documentary Film1999TV Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Fifties1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Omnibus1994TV Series documentaryHimself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1993TV Special documentaryHimself
American Justice: Target - Mafia1993TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Victor Borges Tivoli 150 år1993TV Movie documentaryHimself - Performer
American Experience1991TV Series documentaryHimself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
That's Black Entertainment1990DocumentaryHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Black Shadows on the Silver Screen1975TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Black Music in America: From Then Till Now1971Documentary shortHimself
Jazz Ball1956TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Soundtrack Album, Background Score - Motion Picture or TelevisionAnatomy of a Murder (1959)
1957Film Award in SilverGerman Film AwardsBest Film Score (Beste Filmmusik)Jonas (1957)· Winfried Zillig

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety or Musical ProgramNET Playhouse (1964)· Ralph J. Gleason (producer)
· Richard Moore (producer)
1962OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Scoring of a Musical PictureParis Blues (1961)
1962GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Soundtrack Album or Recording or Score from Motion Picture or TelevisionParis Blues (1961)


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1New York is a place where the rich walk, the poor drive Cadillacs, and beggars die of malnutrition with thousands of dollars hidden in their mattresses.
2If I'm the Duke, man, Peggy Lee is Queen.
3To me, bebop is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.
4I don't believe in categories of any kind, and when you speak of problems between blacks and whites in the USA. you are referring to categories again.
5I am a bandleader and I am a composer.
6I like any and all of my associations with music: writing, playing, and listening. We write and play from our perspective, and the audience listens from its perspective. If and when we agree, I am lucky.
7I'm the world's worst disciplinarian. There's too much responsibility in being a leader! You have to have the dignity and authority of a leader, and that's all so heavy!
8[in reply to a question about how he got the scar on his face] I have four stories about it, and it depends on which you like the best. One is a taxicab accident; another is that I slipped and fell on a broken bottle; then there is a jealous woman; and last is Old Heidelberg, where they used to stand toe to toe with a saber in each hand, and slash away. The first man to step back lost the contest, no matter how many times he'd sliced the other. Take your pick.
9I'm a telephone freak, the greatest invention since peanut brittle.


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