On 29 April 1899, Duke Ellington, one of the most influential individuals in jazz history, was born at Washington, DC. Ellington’s professional career began when he was 17, and by 1923 he was leading a small group of musicians at the Kentucky Club at New York City that became the core of his big band. Ellington is credited with being one of the founders of big band jazz. He used his band as an instrument for composition and orchestration to create big band pieces, film scores, operas, ballets, Broadway shows and religious music. Ellington was responsible for more than 1,000 musical pieces. He drew together instruments from different sections of the orchestra to develop unique and haunting sounds such as that of his famous “Mood Indigo.” Ellington died May 24, 1974, at New York City.
Today is Friday, 29 April 2016,and here is what’s available in terms of genealogy blogging and other related events in the Genealogy Blogging world:
Genealogy Blogging Items of Note
- Today: Arbor Day, Duke Ellington’s Birthday – Anniversary, Liberation of Dachau – Anniversary, Los Angeles Riots – Anniversary, National Hairball Awareness Day, and Zipper Patented – Anniversary.