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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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1 Second cousin of the artist Romare Bearden.
2 Ellington was celebrated in Stevie Wonder's song "Sir Duke" (from "Songs in the Key of Life" (1976)).
3 His 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.
4 He was awarded the Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6535 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 Interred 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.
7 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. [1971]
8 Grandfather of actress/singer/dancer Mercedes Ellington.
9 Father of trumpeter/band leader Mercer Ellington, who assumed leadership of the Ellington band at his father's death.
10 Was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity.
11 Charter inductee of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. [1978]
12 Pictured 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 Me 1995 writer: "C Jam Blues"
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
White Man's Burden 1995 writer: "Prelude To A Kiss"
Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 performer: "HY-AH SU", "MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE MY WAYS" / writer: "HY-AH SU", "MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE MY WAYS"
Forget Paris 1995 writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Just Cause 1995 writer: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good"
Miami Rhapsody 1995 writer: "I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN'T GOOD"
Bert 1994 TV Series "ECHOES OF HARLEM"
Baseball TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 3 episodes, 1994 writer - 3 episodes, 1994
Bullets Over Broadway 1994 performer: "That Jungle Jamboree"
Corrina, Corrina 1994 performer: "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 Rocket 1994 Short performer: "Stevie" / writer: "Stevie"
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 "In A Sentimental Mood" / performer: "Flying Home"
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music 1993 Documentary performer: "Ko-Ko"
Memory 1993 TV Movie music: "Pega'm amb el saxo i fes-me mal"
Short Cuts 1993 music: "I'm Gonna Go Fishin" 1959
Rising Sun 1993 writer: "SINGLE PETAL OF A ROSE"
Marraskuun harmaa valo 1993 writer: "Night Train"
Lipstick on Your Collar 1993 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Swing Kids 1993 writer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING"
Malcolm X 1992 performer: "Arabesque Cookie" / writer: "Drop Me Off in Harlem", "Azure", "Arabesque Cookie"
Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 writer: "Prelude to a Kiss", "Daydream"
Prelude to a Kiss 1992 writer: "Prelude to a Kiss"
A League of Their Own 1992 writer: "In a Sentimental Mood"
White Men Can't Jump 1992 writer: "MOOD INDIGO"
The Mambo Kings 1992 performer: "In A Sentimental Mood" / writer: "In A Sentimental Mood"
Wild Blade 1991 music: "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" / performer: "El Gato"
The Addams Family 1991 "The Mooche"
Other People's Money 1991 writer: "Solitude"
En dag i oktober 1991 writer: "THE JEEP IS JUMPIN'"
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear 1991 "SATIN DOLL"
The Rocketeer 1991 writer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD"
Oscar 1991 performer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" / writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm"
Flirting 1991 writer: "The Moochie" - as Ellington
Guilty by Suspicion 1991 performer: "I'M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO" / writer: "I'M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO"
He Said, She Said 1991 "I'm Just A Lucky So-and-So", "In A Sentimental Mood"
Alice 1990 writer: "Caravan" 1937 - as Edward Kennedy Ellington
Wild at Heart 1990 performer: "First Movement" / writer: "First Movement"
White Hunter Black Heart 1990 writer: "SATIN DOLL"
Räpsy & Dolly eli Pariisi odottaa 1990 writer: "Caravan"
Strike It Rich 1990 music: "Prelude to a Kiss" - uncredited
Valentina 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Harlem Nights 1989 music: "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 Boys 1989 writer: "Prelude to a Kiss", "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me", "Solitude" - as Edward Kennedy Ellington
When Harry Met Sally... 1989 writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 writer: "The Mooch"
Field of Dreams 1989 performer: "Lotus Blossom"
The Toxic Avenger Part II 1989 writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing"
Full Moon in Blue Water 1988 music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
La nuit Bengali 1988 writer: "East St-Louis Toodle-oo"
Let's Get Lost 1988 Documentary "Daydream", "In a Sentimental Mood"
Driving Me Crazy 1988 Documentary writer: "Ive Got To Be a Rug Cutter" - uncredited
Envoyez les violons 1988 writer: "C JamBlues"
Sunset 1988 performer: "Black And Tan Fantasy"
Biloxi Blues 1988 writer: "Solitude"
Dolly 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Untouchables 1987 writer: "MOOD INDIGO"
In the Mood 1987 writer: "SOLITUDE"
Radio Days 1987 performer: "Take the 'A' Train" 1941
Royal Society Jazz Orchestra 1986 TV Special music: "Black and Tan Fantasy"
Näkemiin, hyvästi 1986 writer: "Caravan"
The Singing Detective 1986 TV Mini-Series writer - 3 episodes
Tough Guys 1986 music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - as Edward Kennedy Ellington
Miss Mary 1986 writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 writer: "Just Squeeze Me"
Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite 1985 writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
Kerouac, the Movie 1985 Documentary "I've Got the World On a String" / performer: "Jumpin' Pumpkins, "Creole Love Call" / writer: "Jumpin' Pumpkins, "Creole Love Call"
The Cotton Club 1984 lyrics: "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 Lovers 1984 writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Frances 1982 music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Let's Spend the Night Together 1982 Documentary "Take The A Train"
Police Squad! 1982 TV Series 1 episode
Reborn 1981 "Mood Indigo"
The 35th Annual Tony Awards 1981 TV Special writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm"
Rough Cut 1980 writer: "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 noire 1979 performer: "Moonlight fiesta"
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Turning Point 1977 music: "Elingtonia"
Ecco noi per esempio... 1977 "Sofisticated Lady"
The Richard Pryor Show 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People 1976 TV Series music - 1 episode
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary music: "Saddest Tale Blues" 1934 / performer: "Downtown Uproar" 1938 / writer: "Downtown Uproar" 1938
The Conversation 1974 music: "Sophisticated Lady" 1932
Teresa la ladra 1973 music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" Never No Lament
England Made Me 1973 music: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING'
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1973 TV 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 Catcher 1972 TV Movie writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Malcolm X 1972 Documentary writer: "The Mooch"
My Tongue Is -Quick! 1971 "My Old Flame", uncredited
The Mike Douglas Show 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Adalen 31 1969 music: "Black and Tan Fantasy" - uncredited
Love You Madly: A Salute to Duke Ellington 1969 TV 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 Think performer: "Take the A Train", "Sophisticated Lady" / writer: "Sophisticated Lady" announced
Handicap 1968 Short performer: "My Funny Valentine"
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Jonathan Winters Show 1968 TV Series music - 1 episode
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change 2016 Documentary performer: "Angelica" / writer: "Angelica"
The Bell Telephone Hour TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1967 writer - 1 episode, 1967
Manchester by the Sea 2016 writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light"
Center Stage TV Mini-Series music - 1 episode, 1967 performer - 1 episode, 1967 writer - 1 episode, 1967
Nature Photographs 2016 Short performer: "Take The A Train"
A la memoria del autor 1966 Short writer: "The Single Petal of a Rose"
Gotham TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The Danny Kaye Show 1966 TV Series music - 1 episode
Sommeren '92 2015 writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show 1966 TV Series music - 1 episode
Agent Carter 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fresh Dressed 2015 Documentary 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 feuilletons 1963 TV Series short music - 1 episode
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1963 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sharkskin 2015 arranger: "Main Stem" / writer: "Main Stem"
The Avengers 1962 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2014 music - 1 episode, 2014
Boccaccio '70 1962 writer: "Day Dream"
Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2014 TV Special music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
All Night Long 1962 writer: "In A Sentimmental Mood", "Mood Indigo"
Boardwalk Empire TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2011 - 2014 performer - 2 episodes, 2014
Paris Blues 1961 music: "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"
Cássia 2014 Documentary writer: "I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues"
The Last Time I Saw Archie 1961 music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Manhattan TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Glenn Miller Time 1961 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Still 2014/II performer: "Creole Love Call" / writer: "Creole Love Call"
Dante 1960 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 50 Year Argument 2014 Documentary writer: "Mood Indigo"
Peter Gunn 1958-1960 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2014 TV Special writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing"
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall TV Series music - 1 episode, 1959 writer - 1 episode, 1958
Whiplash 2014 writer: "Caravan"
Timex All-Star Jazz Show TV Series music - 2 episodes, 1957 - 1959 performer - 1 episode, 1959
Frauenherzen 2014 TV Movie writer: "Doo Uap, Doo Uap, Doo Uap" - uncredited
Jazz Party TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1958 music - 1 episode, 1958
No Kaddish in Carmarthen 2013 Short performer: "Take The A Train"
You Bet Your Life TV Series music - 2 episodes, 1956 - 1958 writer - 1 episode, 1954
The Swing of Things 2013 Short performer: "Take the A Train"
The Frank Sinatra Show 1957 TV Series music - 1 episode
Hawaii Five-0 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Lux Show 1957 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Hustle 2013 performer: "Jeep's Blues" / writer: "Jeep's Blues"
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series music - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars TV Series 1 episode, 2013 writer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2013 music - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2011
A Hatful of Rain 1957 music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited
American Horror Story 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
This Could Be the Night 1957 music: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" - uncredited
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 2012-2013 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Stars of Jazz 1956 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bi no tsubo TV Series 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013 music - 1 episode, 2013
The Bottom of the Bottle 1956 music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited
Paris à tout prix 2013 writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Show Time at the Apollo TV Series performer - 3 episodes writer - 2 episodes music - 1 episode
L'écume des jours 2013 performer: "Fleurette Africaine" / writer: "Caravan", "The Mood to be Wooed", "Sophisticated Lady", "Fleurette Africaine", "Slap Happy" uncredited
Mood Indigo 1952 Short writer: "Mood Indigo"
42 2013 performer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" / writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Solitude 1952 Short writer: "Solitude"
The Vampire Diaries TV Series music - 1 episode, 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Sophisticated Lady 1952 Short writer: "Sophisticted Lady"
30 Rock 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deadline - U.S.A. 1952 music: "Mood Indigo" - uncredited
Three Vignettes 2012 Video short writer: "Jubilee Stomp"
Half Angel 1951 music: "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited
Gambit 2012/I writer: "East St. Louis Toodle Oo"
No Way Out 1950 music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Sophisticated Lady", "In a Sentimental Mood" - uncredited
The Artist and the Model 2012 performer: "Caravan"
Adventures in Jazz TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1949 writer - 1 episode, 1949
The Master 2012 performer: "Dancers in Love", "Lotus Blossom" / writer: "Dancers in Love"
Symphony in Swing 1949 Short arranger: "Frankie and Johnnie" / performer: "Frankie and Johnnie"
Ginger & Rosa 2012 performer: "Take the A Train"
Floor Show 1949 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Breaking Bad TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Date with Duke 1947 Short performer: "Perfume Suite" - uncredited / writer: "Perfume Suite" - uncredited
American Idol 2012 TV Series music - 1 episode
Breakin' It Down 1946 Short writer: "Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin'" - uncredited
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dark Corner 1946 music: "Mood Indigo" - uncredited
Friends with Kids 2011 writer: "Angelica"
People Are Funny 1946 "Every Hour on the Hour"
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Man from Oklahoma 1945 writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" - uncredited
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series music - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2005
War Comes to America 1945 Documentary music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited
L.A. Noire 2011 Video Game as Edward Kennedy Ellington, "Maybe I Should Change My Ways" / performer: "Maybe I Should Change My Ways"
The Mouse Comes to Dinner 1945 Short music: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good", "Don't Get Around Much Any More" - uncredited
The Artist 2011/I "Jubilee Stomp" / performer: "Jubilee Stomp"
Swingtime Holiday 1944 Short writer: "Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me"
The Fairy 2011 performer: "Little Max", "Blues in orbit" / writer: "Little Max", "Blues in orbit"
So's Your Uncle 1943 music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Mildred Pierce TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Cabin in the Sky 1943 performer: "Going Up" 1943 / writer: "Going Up" 1943
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place 2011 Documentary performer: "In A Sentimental Mood" / writer: "In A Sentimental Mood"
Reveille with Beverly 1943 performer: "Take the 'A' Train"
Martha Marcy May Marlene 2011 writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
Air Force 1943 writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" 1923 - uncredited
Mafia II 2010 Video 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 Anymore 1943 Short music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
The Presence 2010 "Echoes of Harlem"
Harry Parry and His Radio Rhythm Club Septet 1943 Short writer: "I've Got It Bad And That Ain't Good"
Tournée 2010 writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy"
Bli-Bip 1942 Short music: "Bli-Blip"
The Pacific 2010 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Jam Session 1942 Short performer: "C-Jam Blues" / writer: "C-Jam Blues"
'Master Harold' ... And the Boys 2010 writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Ice-Capades 1941 music: "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary music: "Satin Doll" / performer: "Satin Doll"
The Shining Hour 1938 music: "Mood Indigo" 1930 - uncredited
The National Parks: America's Best Idea TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Underworld 1937 music: "It Don't Mean a Thing"
Up in the Air 2009/I writer: "Mood Indigo" 1931 - as Edward Ellington
The Hit Parade 1937 lyrics: "I've Got to be a Rough Cutter" / music: "I've Got to be a Rough Cutter"
My Music: The Big Band Years 2009 TV Movie performer: "Take the 'A' Train" - uncredited
Roof Tops of Manhattan 1935 Short music: "Mood Indigo" 1930 - uncredited
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression 2009 Video 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 Life 1935 Short writer: "Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life"
He's Just Not That Into You 2009 writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
Vaudeville 1934/II Short music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" - uncredited
Eli Stone 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Masks and Memories 1934 Short music: "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited
Two Lovers 2008 writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" 1931
A Bundle of Blues 1933 Short writer: "Lightnin'", "Rockin' In Rhythm", "A Bundle of Blues"
A Christmas Tale 2008 performer: "Fleurette africaine" African Flower, "Ad Lib On Nippon" / writer: "Fleurette africaine" African Flower, "Ad Lib On Nippon"
Advice to the Lovelorn 1933 music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If You Ain't Got That Swing" Uncredited
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game performer: "Take the "A" Train"
Betty Boop's May Party 1933 Short music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" - uncredited
Skins 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Check and Double Check 1930 writer: "Harlem Speaks" 1930, "Old Man Blues" 1930 - uncredited
X Factor 2008 TV Series music - 1 episode
Black and Tan 1929 Short 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 Rewind 2008 writer: "Solitude"
Rhythms 1929 Short music: "The Mooche" - uncredited
The Great Debaters 2007 writer: "Delta Serenade" - as Edward Ellington
American Masters TV Series documentary music - 2 episodes, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2005
Melba Moore: Live in Concert 2007 Video writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Great Performances 2007 TV Series music - 1 episode
Ocean's Thirteen 2007 writer: "Caravan" 1937
The Sopranos TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2007
Ella 2007/II Documentary 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 Kiss 2007 writer: "Acht O'Clock Rock Remix"
Does Your Soul Have a Cold? 2007 Documentary writer: "Solitude"
King of California 2007 writer: "In A Sentimental Mood inst"
African American Lives 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Munich 2005 writer: "Prelude to a Kiss" - as Edward "Duke" Ellington
Rumor Has It... 2005 performer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light" / writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light"
The White Countess 2005 music: "Mood Indigo" 1930
Prime 2005 performer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD" / writer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD"
Stranded in Canton 2005 Documentary writer: "Sophisticated lady"
Breakfast on Pluto 2005 writer: "Caravan" 1937
The Lost City 2005 performer: "Limbo Jazz" / writer: "Limbo Jazz"
Cold Case TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2004 - 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Australian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Independent Lens TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2004 writer - 2 episodes, 2004
Melinda and Melinda 2004 music: "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 Sellers 2004 writer: "I'm a Just a Lucky So & So"
The Notebook 2004 writer: "Alabamy Home" 1937
Rosemary Clooney: Singing at Her Best 2004 Video short writer: "I'm Checkin' Out, Goom-bye"
Mona Lisa Smile 2003 writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Angels in America TV 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 presidente 2003 Video writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
The Matrix Revolutions 2003 writer: "I'm Beginning To See the Light"
The Blues TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
The Human Stain 2003 music: "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" 1941 / writer: "Day Dream" 1939
Bright Young Things 2003 writer: "Caravan"
Ben Webster 2003 TV Movie documentary writer: "In a Mellow Tone" - as Ellington
7th Heaven 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Närvarande 2003 Documentary writer: "Ko-Ko", "Portrait of Bert Williams"
Race: The Power of an Illusion 2003 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Comedian 2002 Documentary writer: "Caravan"
Crossing Jordan TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven 2002 Video Game writer: "The Mooche", "Caravan"
The Wire 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Minority Report 2002 writer: "Solitude" 1934
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 lyrics: "Mood Indigo" 1931 / music: "Mood Indigo" 1931 / performer: "Mood Indigo" 1931
Une affaire privée 2002 writer: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good"
Hart's War 2002 writer: "Mood Indigo" - as Edward Ellington
Anouk - Lost Tracks 2001 Video writer: "Mood indigo"
Ocean's Eleven 2001 writer: "Caravan"
One Night with Robbie Williams 2001 TV Special documentary writer: "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me"
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 music: "Sophisticated Lady" / performer: "Sophisticated Lady"
An American Rhapsody 2001 music: "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" 1945
Desaliñada 2001 Short writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Angel Eyes 2001 writer: "In A Sentimental Mood"
Chocolat 2000 writer: "Caravan"
The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 performer: "Mood Indigo" / writer: "Mood Indigo"
Pollock 2000 performer: "It's Sad But True"
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 2000 TV Movie music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Yksityisetsivän tytär 2000 Short lyrics: "A Drum is a Woman" / music: "A Drum is a Woman"
The Yards 2000 music: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" 1944 - as Edward Kennedy Ellington
My Dog Skip 2000 writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Any Given Sunday 1999 writer: "I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOU"
The Green Mile 1999 performer: "Three Little Words"
Pitch People 1999 Documentary writer: "Mood Indigo"
Sweet and Lowdown 1999 music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" 1931 / writer: "Caravan" 1936
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge 1999 TV Movie writer: "Rent Party Blues"
Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Fillmore 1999 TV Movie documentary performer: "DIMINUENDO IN BLUE & CRESCENDO IN BLUE" / writer: "DIMINUENDO IN BLUE & CRESCENDO IN BLUE"
Eyes Wide Shut 1999 music: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" 1941
The Thirteenth Floor 1999 writer: "Caravan"
Life 1999/I writer: "Drop Me Off in Harlem"
The Matrix 1999 performer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" / writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1999 TV Series 1 episode
Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy 1999 TV Series music - 1 episode
Fallen Arches 1998 writer: "Solitude" - as Ellington
It All Came True 1998 writer: "Mood Indigo", "Rockin' In Rhythm"
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg 1998 Documentary music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Living Out Loud 1998 writer: "Low Key Lightly", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Rounders 1998 performer: "Warm Valley" / writer: "Warm Valley"
Saving Private Ryan 1998 music: "Solitude" 1934
The Odd Couple II 1998 "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
The Big Lebowski 1998 writer: "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good"
Sphere 1998 music: "DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE"
The Harmonists 1997 writer: "Creole Love Call"
Seven Years in Tibet 1997 performer: "Perdido"
The Big One 1997 Documentary performer: "Mississipi Moan" 1927 / writer: "Mississipi Moan" 1927
Double Tap 1997 performer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Hoodlum 1997 writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Oz 1997 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula 1997 Documentary writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy"
Addicted to Love 1997 writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Ulee's Gold 1997 writer: "Sophisticated Lady"
Love Jones 1997 performer: "In a Sentimental Mood" / writer: "In a Sentimental Mood"
Metro 1997 performer: "THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE"
The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 writer: "In a Sentimental Mood"
Swingers 1996 writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Larger Than Life 1996 writer: "Just a Lucky So & So"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trilogie De Tragedie 2016 musician
Nutcracker Sweeties 2006 TV Movie musical adaptation
Great Women Singers of the 20th Century: Chaka Khan 2005 Video music: arranged "Take The 'A' Train"
Say Brother 1981 TV Series music - 1 episode
Change of Mind 1969 conductor
Paris Blues 1961 musician: piano - uncredited
The Asphalt Jungle TV Series composer - 13 episodes, 1961 conductor - 1 episode, 1961
Anatomy of a Murder 1959 musician: piano - uncredited
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z 1956-1958 TV Series featuring the music of - 2 episodes
Many Happy Returns 1934 musician: piano for 'Guy Lombardo'qv
Masks and Memories 1934 Short composer: song

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Pie Eye (uncredited)
The United States Steel Hour 1957 TV Series Narrator
Symphony in Swing 1949 Short Duke Ellington
Cabin in the Sky 1943 Duke Ellington
Reveille with Beverly 1943 Orchestra Leader
Birth of the Blues 1941 Duke Ellington
The Hit Parade 1937 Duke Ellington
Belle of the Nineties 1934 Piano Player
Black and Tan 1929 Short Duke Ellington

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Honest Buck 2013 Short completed
Talking Sticks: A Musical Journey 2014 Documentary
Change of Mind 1969
Assault on a Queen 1966
Paris Blues 1961
Anatomy of a Murder 1959
Holiday 1957 Documentary short
Salute to Duke Ellington 1950 Short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mood Indigo 1952 Short Himself
Solitude 1952 Short Himself
Sophisticated Lady 1952 Short Himself
V.I.P.'s Boogie 1951 Short Himself
Songs for Sale 1951 TV Series Himself
Kreisler Bandstand 1951 TV Series Himself
Showtime, U.S.A. 1950 TV Series Himself
The Faye Emerson Show 1950 TV Series Himself
Salute to Duke Ellington 1950 Short Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1949 TV Series Himself - Musician
Adventures in Jazz 1949 TV Series Himself
Date with Duke 1947 Short Himself
Upbeat in Music 1943 Documentary short Himself - Band Leader
I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good 1942 Short Himself
Jam Session 1942 Short Himself - Piano
Flamingo 1942 Short Himself - Bandleader
Hot Chocolate 1941 Short Himself
Verdensberømtheder i København 1939 Short Himself
Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life 1935 Short Himself
Murder at the Vanities 1934 Himself (as Duke Ellington's Orchestra)
A Bundle of Blues 1933 Short Himself
Hollywood on Parade No. A-9 1933 Short Himself (uncredited)
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series Himself
Improvisation 2004 Himself
Jazz 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Memories of Duke 1980 Documentary Himself
Happy Days 1970-1976 TV Series Himself
On the Road with Duke Ellington 1974 Documentary Himself
Le grand échiquier 1973 TV Series Himself
Iltatähti 1973 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
3. November 1973 1973 TV Movie Himself
This Is Your Life 1973 TV Series Himself
Parkinson 1973 TV Series Himself
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1973 TV Special Himself
Timex All-Star Swing Festival 1972 TV Special Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Music on 2 1970 TV Series Himself
...And Beautiful II 1970 TV Movie Himself - Pianist
The David Frost Show 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1959-1970 TV Series Himself - Band Leader / Himself / Pianist / ...
The Red Skelton Hour 1970 TV Series Himself - Guest Orchestra Conductor
Frost on Saturday 1969 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
Love You Madly: A Salute to Duke Ellington 1969 TV Movie Himself
Newport Jazz Festival 1968 TV Special Himself
NET Festival 1968 TV Series documentary Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1967 TV Series Himself - Pianist / Himself / Himself - Band Leader
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1967 TV Series Himself / Himself - Bandleader
NET Playhouse 1967 TV Series Himself
Center Stage 1967 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Noche del sábado 1966 TV Series Himself
Tempo 1966 TV Series Himself
The Strolling '20s 1966 TV Movie Himself
Late Night Line-Up 1965 TV Series Himself
The Twentieth Century 1964 TV Series documentary
That Regis Philbin Show 1964 TV Series Himself
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Himself
Jazz 625 1964 TV Series Himself - music performer
Duke Ellington: Live in Montreal 1964 TV Movie Himself - Host / Piano
The Keefe Brasselle Show 1963 TV Series Himself
Here's Edie 1962 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Musician
The Garry Moore Show 1962 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
Schlager-Raketen 1960 Himself
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Himself - Performer
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show 1959 TV Series Himself
Spectacular 1959 TV Series Himself - Guest
Timex All-Star Jazz Show 1959 TV Series Himself
Monitor 1958 TV Series documentary Himself - 'Duke Ellington'
The Subject Is Jazz 1958 TV Series Himself
Standard Oil New Jersey Presents Its 75th Anniversary Entertainment 1957 TV Movie Himself
The Vic Damone Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1957 TV Series documentary Himself
Wide Wide World 1957 TV Series documentary Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series Himself - Guest
Frankie Laine Time 1955-1956 TV Series Himself
Rock 'n' Roll Revue 1955 Short Himself
Music 55 1955 TV Series documentary Himself
Show Time at the Apollo 1955 TV Series Himself - Orchestra Leader
The Jackie Gleason Show 1955 TV Series Himself - Guest Band Leader / Pianist
What's My Line? 1953 TV Series Himself
Caravan 1952/II Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Starlight Ballroom 2015 TV Movie Himself
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown 2014 Documentary Himself
Jazz Legends in Their Own Words 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark 2014 Documentary Himself
Jazz 625 at the BBC 2014 TV Movie
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America 2012 Documentary Himself
When Seattle Invented the Future: The 1962 World's Fair 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Black Wings 2012 Documentary Himself
Prohibition 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Michel Petrucciani 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Io sono Tony Scott, ovvero come l'Italia fece fuori il più grande clarinettista del jazz 2010 Documentary Himself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jazz Giants of the 20th Century 2007 Video documentary Himself
Reminiscing in Tempo 2006 Documentary Himself
Duke Ellington Swinging at His Best 2005 Video Himself
Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection 2005 Video Himself
Great Performances 2005 TV Series Himself
Harlem Renaissance 2004 Video documentary
My Kinda People 2003 TV Movie Himself
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Rhapsody in Black 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cinerama Adventure 2002 Documentary Himself
It's Black Entertainment 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
New York: A Documentary Film 1999 TV Series documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Century: America's Time 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (uncredited)
Omnibus 1994 TV Series documentary Himself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
American Justice: Target - Mafia 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Victor Borges Tivoli 150 år 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer
American Experience 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
That's Black Entertainment 1990 Documentary Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
Black Shadows on the Silver Screen 1975 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Black Music in America: From Then Till Now 1971 Documentary short Himself
Jazz Ball 1956 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Soundtrack Album, Background Score - Motion Picture or Television Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
1957 Film Award in Silver German Film Awards Best Film Score (Beste Filmmusik) Jonas (1957) · Winfried Zillig

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1969 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety or Musical Program NET Playhouse (1964) · Ralph J. Gleason (producer)
· Richard Moore (producer)
1962 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture Paris Blues (1961)
1962 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Soundtrack Album or Recording or Score from Motion Picture or Television Paris Blues (1961)


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#Quote
1 New 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.
2 If I'm the Duke, man, Peggy Lee is Queen.
3 To me, bebop is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.
4 I 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.
5 I am a bandleader and I am a composer.
6 I 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.
7 I'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.
9 I'm a telephone freak, the greatest invention since peanut brittle.


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