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Duke Ellington

Artist:
Peter Hurd, 22 Feb 1904 - Jul 1984
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Tempera on board
Type:
Painting
Date:
1956
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Home Furnishings\Curtain
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Duke Ellington: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number:
NPG.78.TC353
Rights:
© Peter Hurd
Exhibition Label:
In the first rank of American composers, Duke Ellington was-to use a favorite phrase of his own-"beyond category." He produced what has been called the "single most impressive body of composition in American jazz": more than two thousand compositions that ranged from such popular classics as "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady" to extended works such as Black, Brown and Beige, which premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1943. Ellington continually expanded his work as a composer and bandleader, composing for Broadway (Beggar's Opera) and Hollywood (including the film score for Anatomy of a Murder), undertaking extensive international tours, and working with younger jazz musicians such as John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. He received the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for his long-term achievement and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.
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Exhibition:
Bravo!
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 321 Mezzanine
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
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Duke Ellington

Artist:
Philippe Halsman, 1906 - 1979
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1967
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Music\Sheet music
Music\Musical instrument\Drum
Interior\Studio\Recording
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Duke Ellington: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of George R. Rinhart
Object number:
S/NPG.77.199
Rights:
© Philippe Halsman Archive
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
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Duke Ellington

God is Love
Artist:
Tony Bennett, born 3 Aug 1926
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1993
Topic:
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower\Rose
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Duke Ellington: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Tony Bennett
Object number:
S/NPG.2008.99
Rights:
Deed of Gift transfers copyright to NPG
Exhibition Label:
In the first rank of American composers, Duke Ellington was "beyond category": his more than 2,000 jazz compositions include "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady," as well as Black, Brown and Beige and the later "Sacred Concerts." Legendary performer Tony Bennett (born Anthony Benedetto), who has had a lifelong interest in painting, here portrays the man he celebrated as his mentor. "When I worked on his portrait, I was inspired by the look of divine serenity on his face," Bennett noted, and he inscribed the painting, "God Is Love." Whenever Ellington completed a new piece, he sent Bennett roses to mark the occasion, and their presence here reflects the close bond the two artists shared.
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National Portrait Gallery
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Duke Ellington

Artist:
William Paul Gottlieb, 28 Jan 1917 - 23 Apr 2006
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1946 (printed 1991)
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Printed Material\Document
Artwork\Photograph
Container\Bottle
Home Furnishings\Mirror
Interior\Dressing room
Music\Sheet music
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Duke Ellington: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.92.58
Rights:
© William P. Gottlieb, from the Library of Congress Collection
Exhibition Label:
Duke Ellington was a jazz pianist and America’s greatest composer. He maintained his cool through an elegant aristocratic front that refused to recognize the country’s entrenched racism. Born and raised in the nation’s capital, Ellington established a national audience with a residency at Harlem’s Cotton Club. He wrote dance songs, three-minute concertos, spiritual works, thematic compositions about black life and culture, classics of the American songbook, and extended suites featuring Asian and Latin American motifs. His main instrument was his orchestra: he wrote for musicians as individuals. When he left space on the music score to improvise ("ad lib here"), he validated jazz as a democratic musical form. In 1965 he was denied a Pulitzer Prize by a judge who refused to give it to a black man. "Fate doesn’t want me to be famous too young," was his diplomatic reply. He is still worshipped by musicians the world over.
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Exhibition:
American Cool
On View:
NPG, North Gallery 223
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
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Painting of Duke Ellington

Depicted:
Ellington, Duke
Maker:
Ellington, Gaye
Physical Description:
canvas (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 41 in x 40 in x 5 in; 104.14 cm x 101.6 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name:
painting
Date made:
1985
Subject:
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Jazz
African American
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Art
ID Number:
1989.0369.444
Accession number:
1989.0369
Catalog number:
1989.0369.444
Description (Brief):
Acrylic on canvas painting of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, done by his granddaughter, Gaye Ellington in 1985. Ms. Ellington painted this posthumous portrait in order to create a memorial that preserved her sense of the creative and loving legacy her grandfather had left her.
In a past interview, Gaye Ellington explained the reasons that led her to create this portrait, even though portraiture is not her usual subject matter: “Ever since my grandfather had died, a lot of people had done art work representing him. They were what other people saw in my grandfather. When I looked at them, they weren’t what I thought about him, and it disturbed me. … A lot of the photographs of him where very serious. I’m not saying he was always happy. But he would turn around in a minute and smile.”
Location:
Currently not on view
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Duke Ellington Collection, 1928-1988

Collector:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Musical History, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Subject:
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy (musician) 1919-1996
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Washingtonians, The
Physical description:
Approx. 400 cubic feet
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Sound recordings
Audiotapes
Photographic prints
Posters
Awards
Clippings
Papers
Music
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
New York (N.Y.)
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1927
1988
1928-1988
20th century
Topic:
Music--Performance
Jazz
Big bands
African American entertainers
Musicians
African American musicians
Music
Popular music
African Americans--History
Pianists
Bandsmen
Composers
Local number:
1988.3058 (NMAH Acc.)
Notes:
Born in Washington, D.C., Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington rose to fame at Harlem's Cotton Club in the late 1920s. His career as a musician, composer and bandleader spanned more than 50 years. Among his many compositions are hundreds of short pieces and more ambitious extended works, including operas, ballets, musicals, concert pieces (such as "Black, Brown and Beige") and the "Sacred Concerts." Duke Ellington and his orchestra toured the United States and made frequent successful tours abroad. He was decorated with numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (presented by Pres. Nixon, 1969). Duke Ellington led his orchestra until his death, when it was taken over by his son, Mercer
Summary:
Orchestrations (scores and parts), music manuscripts, lead sheets, transcriptions, and sheet music make up some of the Duke Ellington Collection. Also includes concert posters, concert programs; television, radio, motion picture and musical theater scripts; business records, correspondence, awards, as well as audiotapes, audiodiscs, photographs, tour itineraries, newspaper clippings, magazines, caricatures, paintings, and scrapbooks, all from the heyday of Duke Ellington (1920's-1975)
Cite as:
Duke Ellington Collection, 1920's-1975, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duke Ellington Collection 1928-1988 [Ellington, Duke 1899-1974]
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Bust of Duke Ellington

Depicted:
Ellington, Duke
Maker:
Dwight, Ed
Physical Description:
bronze (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 19 in x 29 in x 28 in; 48.26 cm x 73.66 cm x 71.12 cm
Object Name:
sculpture
Place made:
United States: Colorado, Denver
Date made:
1988
Subject:
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Music & Musical Instruments
Jazz
African American
Art
ID Number:
1993.0032.01
Catalog number:
1993.0032.01
Accession number:
1993.0032
Description (Brief):
This bust of American composer and musician Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899 - 1974) was made by Ed Dwight in Denver, Colorado in 1988. Made of cast bronze, the sculpture depicts Ellington in a suit and bowtie, arms in a conducting pose, atop a stylized keyboard.
Ed Dwight began his career as a graduate engineer, was a former United States Air Force test pilot who became the first African American to be trained as an astronaut in 1962. Following a career in real estate, computer systems engineering, and consulting, Dwight pursued art and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 1977. Dwight’s works include fine art sculpture, large-scale memorials and public art projects.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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22c Duke Ellington single

Scott Catalogue USA 2211
Depicts:
Duke Ellington, American, 1899 - 1974
Medium:
paper; ink (multicolored); adhesive / photogravure
Type:
Postage Stamps
Place:
United States of America
Date:
April 29, 1986
Topic:
Music & Musicians
Credit line:
Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.
Object number:
1999.2004.482
Description:
mint
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
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[Duke Ellington portrait : black-and-white photoprint], 1969

Creator:
Bachrach, Fabian 1917-2010
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
7 items : photoprints, 10" x 8"
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Publicity photographs
Photographs
Date:
1969
20th century
1960-1970
Topic:
Musicians
Composers
African American composers
Local number:
AC0301-0000028.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site
Summary:
7 nearly identical prints from same negative: Ellington wearing jacket and tie, with large cufflinks on shirt, with a sheet of music on the table. Five of the prints are warm-toned without identification; two cold-tone prints, probably intended as publicity photographs, bear Fabian Bachrach's imprint on the front and rubber stamp on the verso
Cite as:
Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duke Ellington Collection Photographs (Series 7), ca. 1924-1972
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Ruth Ellington Collection, 1940-1991

Collector:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright) 1915-
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Tempo Music, Inc
Physical description:
33 cu. ft.: 68 document boxes
Type:
Business records
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Audiotapes
Music
Photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
1940
1940-1991
20th century
1930-1950
Topic:
Musicians
Jazz musicians
Jazz
Music
Local number:
1991.3152 (NMAH Acc.)
2006.3104 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves
Notes:
Sister of Duke Ellington and primary Administrator of Tempo Music, Inc
Sister and only sibling of Duke Ellington; graduated New College program, Columbia University, with degree in biology. In 1941, Duke Ellington established Tempo Music and installed Ruth Ellington as its president. Her duties included signing contracts, arrangingtravel, and keeping Duke's music copyrighted. After his death in 1974, Ms. Ellington maintained Tempo until 1995, when she sold 51% of the company to a New York publisher, Music Sales. Ruth Ellington resides in new York City, and continues to promote Duke's Sacred Concerts
Summary:
Correspondence, appointment books, business records, music manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, and ephemera documenting the activities of Duke Ellington and the management of Tempo Music, Inc. Photographs are unprocessed
Cite as:
Ruth Ellington Collection, 1940-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ruth Ellington Collection 1940-1991 [Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright) 1915-]
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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William H. Quealy Collection of Duke Ellington Recordings, 1950-1970

Collector:
Quealy, William H. Judge
Recording artist:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
0.2 cu. ft.: (1 document box, 9 items)
Type:
Signatures (names)
Collection descriptions
Phonograph records
Christmas cards
Greeting cards
Date:
1950
1950-1970
20th century
Topic:
Jazz
Music
Local number:
1990.3180 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site
Notes:
Judge and collector of Duke Ellington ephemera
Summary:
Eight commercial 33-1/3 r.p.m. recordings of music produced by Duke Ellington, with album covers autographed by Ellington to Judge Quealy; and a Christmas card from Ellington addressed to Judge Quealy
Cite as:
William H. Quealy Collection of Duke Ellington Recordings, 1950-1970, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1924-1990

Collector:
Udkoff, Robert (businessman) 1918-
Subject:
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy (musician) 1919-1996
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Swedish Music Academy
Physical description:
1.33 cu. ft.: 4 document boxes
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Programs
Clippings
Audiotapes
Television scripts
Place:
United States
Date:
1924
1924-1990
20th century
1960-1970
1940-2000
1920-1940
Topic:
Jazz musicians
Jazz
Music
Periodicals
Local number:
1990.3182 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment
Notes:
Businessman and Ellington enthusiast, Robert Udkoff was born in Chicago and first heard Duke Ellington perform at Chicago's Oriental Theater in 1928. In 1932 he established a cordial relationship with Ellington that lasted until Ellington's death in 1974
Summary:
Photographs, event programs, periodicals, cassette audio tapes, correspondence, TV program scripts and pamphlets documenting Duke Ellington's career as a musician, 1924-1974, and his legacy after his death
Cite as:
Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1924-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Dr. Theodore Shell Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1933-1990

Collector:
Shell, Theodore Dr (dentist)
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft.: 1 box
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Broadsides
Clippings
Programs
Articles
Correspondence
Radio scripts
Sketches
Drawings
Place:
United States
Date:
1940
1975
1933-1990
1940-1980
20th century
1940-1990
1940-2000
Topic:
Jazz musicians
Jazz
Music
Local number:
1993.3189 (NMAH Acc.)
Notes:
Dentist and amateur photographer, Theodore Shell graduated from Shaw University in 1937 and served 5 years in the military during WWII. He received his dentistry degree from Howard University in 1950 and founded chapter 90 of the Duke Ellington Society in the late 1950s
Summary:
Periodical articles, news clippings, concert programs, radio transcripts, personal correspondence, broadsides, photographs, and pencil sketches collected by Dr. Shell. The material documents part of Duke Ellington's music career, especially ca. 1940-1974
Cite as:
Dr. Theodore Shell Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1933-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, Buck Clayton and Max Kaminsky

Artist:
Gjon Mili, 28 Nov 1904 - 14 Feb 1984
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Dizzy Gillespie, 21 Oct 1917 - 6 Jan 1993
Buck Clayton, 12 Nov 1911 - 8 Dec 1991
Max Kaminsky, 1908 - 6 Sep 1994
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1944
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Interior\Studio
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Music\Musical instrument\Trombone
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Music\Musical instrument\Drum
Music\Musical instrument\Bass
Music\Musical instrument\Clarinet
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Folding chair
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Duke Ellington: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger
Max Kaminsky: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Max Kaminsky: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.95.98
Exhibition Label:
Born Washington, D.C.
"Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one," exclaimed the famed composer, bandleader, and pianist Duke Ellington. During a career that spanned six decades, he rose to international stardom and helped to reshape the contours of American music. Raised in Washington, D.C., Ellington formed his first jazz band at age nineteen. He made a name for himself in the late 1920s at the Cotton Club in Harlem, where he performed a regular gig that was broadcast nationally on the radio. With songs such as "Solitude" and "In a Sentimental Mood," Ellington achieved widespread popularity with diverse audiences. He first performed abroad in 1933, and so successful were his concerts that he later toured the globe under the auspices of the U.S. State Department. In this photograph, Ellington is seated at the piano; playing trumpet beside him are the famed musicians Dizzy Gillespie (left) and Buck Clayton (right).
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National Portrait Gallery
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Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera and Related Audio-Visual Materials, 1914-1993

Donor:
Szterenfeld, Alejandro
Goldshteyn
Lasker, Steven
Walburn, Jerry
Brown, N.H
Barkin, Stanley
Dimmer, Dennis
Mulvany, Collin
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Duke Ellington Society
Physical description:
3.2 cu. ft.: 6 boxes
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Newsletters
Oral history
Video recordings
Programs
Clippings
Broadsides
Sheet music
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Date:
1914
1914-1993
20th century
Topic:
Music--Societies, etc
Jazz
Music
Periodicals
Local number:
1990.3219 (NMAH Acc.)
2011.3125 (NMAH Acc.)
2011.3125 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site. Gloves required with unprotected photographs
Notes:
Collection evolved as an unexpected product of the Duke Ellington Oral History Project interviews with Ellington band members, associates, family members and friends, conducted by Marcia Greene and Patricia Willard, 1989- 1991
Summary:
Bulletins, programs, broadsides, newsletters, newsclippings, periodicals, photographs, published sheet music and audio and videotapes documenting the life and career of Duke Ellington and the activities of the Ellington Jazz and Music societies
Cite as:
Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera and Related Audio-visual Materials, 1914-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Naomi Huber Brown Papers (Documenting Duke Ellington's Concert Tour of Asia), 1960-1963

Collector:
Brown, Naomi Huber
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Armstrong, Louis 1900-1971
Physical description:
0.15 cu. ft.: 1 document box
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Business records
Notes
Place:
United States
Asia
Date:
1960
1960-1963
1960-1970
20th century
1950-2000
Topic:
Jazz
Music
Jazz musicians
Concerts
Local number:
1991.3150 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves
Notes:
Foreign service and cultural officer for Middle East and Asia. Served as the "advance man" for Ellington's 1963 tour
Summary:
Black & white photographs, notes, autographed album cover to "Afro-Bossa," booking contract for Louis Armstrong, and an advanced publicity pamphlet. Records document the preparation and management of Duke Ellington's 1963 tour of Asia
Cite as:
Naomi H. Brown Papers Documenting Duke Ellington's Concert Tour of Asia, 1963, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Duke Ellington Oral History Project, 1989- 1993

Interviewer:
Greenlee, Marcia (oral historian)
Willard, Patricia
Interviewee:
Woodman, Britt
Woode, James
Jones, Herbie
Cohen, Oscar
Courtney, Shirley
Aasland, Benny
Babs, Alice
Bell, Aaron
Bellson, Louis
Bolling, Claude
Bridgers, Aaron
Burrell, Kenny
Carneiro, Luis
Celley, Al
Cole, Maria
Cook, John
Cooper, Buster
Dance, Helen Oakley
Dance, Stanley
Davis, Kay
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy (musician) 1919-1996
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright) 1915-
Granz, Norman
Hamilton, Jimmy
Jeffries, Herb
Jones, Max
Kerr, Brooks
Lamb, John
Lowe, Arnold "Jim"
McCuen, Brad
Roche, Betty
Sanders, John
Sherrill, Joya
Szterenfeld, Alejandro
Terry, Clark
Udkoff, Robert 1918-
Udkoff, Evelyn
Vono, Caio
Wein, George
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
15 cu. ft.: 22 boxes
Type:
Oral history
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Place:
United States
Date:
1989
1989-1993
1989- 1993
1989-1991
1980-2000
Topic:
Jazz musicians
Local number:
1992.3074 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment, unless otherwise indicated
Summary:
Interviews conducted by oral historian Marcia Greenlee and former Duke Ellington publicist Patricia Willard with former Ellington music and business associates. Topics covered include business dealings, race relations, and the interviewees' opinions of Ellington's compositional contributions
Cite as:
Duke Ellington Oral History Project, 1989-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Frank Driggs Collection of Duke Ellington Photographic Reference Prints [copy prints], 1923-1972

Collector:
Driggs, Frank 1930-
Photographers:
Office of Printing and Photographic Services (later, Office of Imaging, Printing, and Photography), Smithsonian Institution
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft.: 3 notebooks
Type:
Copy prints
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Reproductions
Place:
United States
Date:
1923
1923-1972
20th century
1980-2000
Topic:
Jazz
Music
Jazz musicians
Musicians
Local number:
1991.3010 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment
Notes:
Photographer and collector
Summary:
157 8" x 10" black-and-white photographic copy prints of photographs in Frank Driggs's collection: Duke Ellington and his orchestra. OIPP negative numbers on prints
Cite as:
Frank Driggs Collection of Duke Ellington Photographic Reference Prints, 1923-1972, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music, ca. 1967-68

Creator:
Russo, William 1928-2003
Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Subject:
Columbia College (Chicago) Contemporary American Music Program
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft.: 1 box
Type:
Transcriptions
Collection descriptions
Parts (musical)
Scores
Manuscripts
Date:
1967
1967-1968
ca 1967-68
20th century
Topic:
Choral music
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble
Musicians
Conductors
Church music
Music
Local number:
1991.3019 (NMAH Acc.)
Notes:
Russo stated that Duke Ellington loaned him the music in 1967-1968
William Russo was the Director of the Contemporary American Music Program at Columbia College, Chicago. Active in music from 1947 until his death in 2003, he toured Europe as the leader of a quintet; lived in London, where he conducted the London Jazz Orchestra and worked with the BBC; and lived and taught in New York and Chicago. Russo was noted in the fifties as a composer of experimental music for Stan Kenton's orchestra and Third Stream Music for the Russo orchestra. He has been a trombonist, composer, arranger, and conductor
Summary:
Full conductor score, orchestral parts, and choral parts to "In the Beginning God," "Tell Me It's the Truth," "The Lord's Prayer," "Ain't But the One"
Cite as:
William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music, 1967-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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[Duke Elllington program for Damascus, Syria with reproduction of painting of Duke at the piano: brochure,] 1963

Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Portraits
Paintings
Place:
Syria
Damascus (Syria)
Date:
1963
Topic:
Jazz musicians
African American musicians
Piano
African American men
Local number:
AC0301-0000047.tif (AC Scan No.)
Cite as:
Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
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