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    Duke Ellington Signed Window Card. Edward Kennedy Ellington moved to New York City from Washington, D.C., in 1923. Possessing an abundance of wit and graceful elegance, he was soon nicknamed "Duke", and the title could not have been more appropriate. After performing around New York for several years, Duke signed with agent Irving Mills, and it was Mills who got Ellington's band booked into New York's famous Cotton Club. Duke developed his writing and arranging skills to the point that he revolutionized what a big band could sound like. His harmonies were unique, instantly recognizable, and often imitated. A few of Duke Ellington's compositions that are now a standard part of jazz repertoire are "Mood Indigo," "Take The A Train," "Creole Love Call," "Sophisticated Lady," and "Prelude To A Kiss." Ellington also wrote larger orchestral works and several sacred concerts that even legit music critics found compelling. The legacy that Duke Ellington left, and the importance of his many contributions, are almost impossible to put into words. When he died in 1974, he was called "One of the greatest musical geniuses of the Twentieth Century". This card features a wonderful caricature image of Ellington over a blue background featuring white musical notes. Duke has signed the poster on his image. Small pinholes on each corner. A truly gorgeous lot. Accompanied by COA from Jazz & Big Band expert Larry Rafferty.

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    Sep-Oct, 2004
    30th-1st Thursday-Friday
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