The Duke Ellington Orchestra brings the music of the
Duke to new generations of music listeners. The Duke Ellington Orchestra is
an integral link to jazz’s early days.
Duke Ellington called his music “American Music” rather
than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as “beyond
category”. He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in
all American music and is widely considered as one of the twentieth
century’s best known African American personalities.
Best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he
composed during his lifetime that included, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it
Ain’t Got That Swing”, Sophisticated Lady”, “Mood Indigo”, “Solitude”, “In a
Mellotone” and “Satin Doll” just to name a few.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra continues today the long
proud history of its founder into the next century and beyond.