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Duke Ellington

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Artist:
Peter Hurd, 22 Feb 1904 - Jul 1984
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Tempera on board
Dimensions:
Board: 48.3 x 34.3cm (19 x 13 1/2")
Frame: 65.4 x 51.8 x 3.8cm (25 3/4 x 20 3/8 x 1 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1956
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.
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
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
Bravo!
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 321 Mezzanine
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Duke Ellington

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Artist:
Philippe Halsman, 1906 - 1979
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
27.4cm x 34.8cm (10 13/16" x 13 11/16"), Image
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

Duke Ellington

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Artist:
Herman Leonard, 1923 - 2010
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 40.6 × 32 cm (16 × 12 5/8")
Sheet: 50.6 × 40.5 cm (19 15/16 × 15 15/16")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
France\Île-de-France\Ville de Paris, Départment de\Paris
Date:
1956 (printed 1998)
Exhibition Label:
When bestowing the ultimate compliment, Duke Ellington favored the phrase “beyond category”—a superlative that aptly described his own musical achievements. The famed jazz composer, bandleader, pianist, and arranger helped to reshape the contours of American music during a career that spanned half a century. Raised in Washington, D.C., Ellington made his professional debut at seventeen. In the 1920s he became a fixture at Harlem’s celebrated Cotton Club and built a large and diverse following when his orchestra’s performances were relayed nationwide via nightly radio broadcasts. His reputation grew internationally with overseas tours in 1933 and 1939. A prolific composer, Ellington is credited with penning a vast body of work, including the classics “In a Sentimental Mood”(1935) and “Satin Doll” (1958) as well as critically acclaimed concert pieces such as Black, Brown, and Beige (which premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1943) and Harlem (A Tone Parallel to Harlem) in 1950.
Para dar a alguien su mejor elogio, Duke Ellington tenía una frase favorita: “más allá de toda categoría”. Este superlativo describe acertadamente sus propios logros musicales. El afamado compositor, director, pianista y arreglista ayudó a reconfigurar el panorama de la música estadounidense a lo largo de una carrera que abarcó medio siglo. Ellington creció en Washington, D.C., y debutó profesionalmente a los diecisiete años. En la década de 1920 se hizo figura habitual del celebrado Cotton Club de Harlem, y cultivó una fanaticada extensa y diversa gracias a que la música de su orquesta se transmitía por radio cada noche a toda la nación. En el ámbito internacional, su reputación se consolidó con giras en 1933 y 1939. Compositor prolífico, se le atribuye un extenso cuerpo de obras que incluyen clásicos como “In a Sentimental Mood” (1935) y “Satin Doll” (1958), así como piezas de concierto de gran éxito crítico como Black, Brown, and Beige (estrenada en Carnegie Hall en 1943) y Harlem (A Tone Parallel to Harlem) de 1950.
Topic:
Interior
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
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.2014.111.9
Rights:
© Herman Leonard Photography LLC
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 120
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Duke Ellington

God is Love
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Artist:
Tony Bennett, born 3 Aug 1926
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 36 x 51 cm (14 3/16 x 20 1/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1993
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.
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
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Duke Ellington

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Artist:
William Paul Gottlieb, 28 Jan 1917 - 23 Apr 2006
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 34.1 x 26.7 cm (13 7/16 x 10 1/2")
Sheet: 35.3 x 27.9 cm (13 7/8 x 11")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1946 (printed 1991)
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.
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
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Painting of Duke Ellington

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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
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
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
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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

Duke Ellington Collection, 1903-1989

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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:
1903
1989
1903-1989
20th century
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, 1903-1989, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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.)
Restrictions:
Most of collection unrestricted and available for on-site research. Portions restricted
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Duke Ellington Collection 1903-1989 [Ellington, Duke 1899-1974]
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Bust of Duke Ellington

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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
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
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
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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

22c Duke Ellington single

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

Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992

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Collector:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright) 1915-2004
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:
1923
1923-1992
20th century
1930-1950
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.
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, 1923-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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
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Ruth Ellington Collection 1923-1992 [Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright) 1915-2004]
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1924-1990

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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
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
Topic:
Jazz musicians
Jazz
Music
Periodicals
Local number:
1990.3182 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
Additional Online Media:

Dr. Theodore Shell Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1933-1990

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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
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
Topic:
Jazz musicians
Jazz
Music
Local number:
1993.3189 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, Buck Clayton and Max Kaminsky

view Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, Buck Clayton and Max Kaminsky digital asset number 1
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
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 26.9 x 33.9cm (10 9/16 x 13 3/8")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1944
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).
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
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera and Related Audio-Visual Materials, 1914-1993

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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
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
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
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
Additional Online Media:

Carter Harman Collection of Interviews with Duke Ellington, 1956, 1964, 1991

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Interviewer:
Harman, Carter
Interviewee:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
3 cu. ft. : 8 boxes
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Oral history
Audiotapes
Date:
1956
1956-1991
1956, 1964, 1991
20th century
1950-1970
Notes:
Carter Harman (1917-2007) was a music critic, reporter, editor and producer who was first exposed to Duke Ellington and his music as a young child listening to radio broadcasts during the 1920s. After his World War II service, Harman became a music reporter for the New York TImes, and in 1952 became the music editor for Time. He interviewed Ellington after a performance in 1956. The remaining taped interviews took place in 1964 and were intended to be the basis for Ellington's autobiography to be ghost-written by Harman, a project which was never completed. After this he worked for the record label, Sounds of Our Times, and later was the executive director and producer of Composers Recordings, Inc.
Summary:
Ten interviews Harman conducted with Duke Ellington, in 1956 and in 1964. The collection capures Duke Ellington's thoughts on music, performing, composing, and his personal history in his own voice in approximately 20 hours of interviews.
Cite as:
Carter Harman Collection of Interviews with Duke Ellington, 1956, 1964, 1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Music
Jazz
Musicians
Local number:
1991.3084 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access to user copies only, on site by appointment. Some reels have digital reference copies
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Photographic print of Duke Ellington, Charles "Honi" Coles, and Billy Strayhorn

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Photograph by:
Charles "Teenie" Harris, American, 1908 - 1998
Subject of:
Duke Ellington, American, 1899 - 1974
Billy Strayhorn, American, 1915 - 1967
Charles "Honi" Coles, American, 1911 - 1992
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 × 9 15/16 in. (20.3 × 25.2 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Pittsburgh, Alllegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1942 - 1943
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Topic:
African American
Composers (Musicians)
Dance
Entertainers
Jazz (Music)
Musicians
Photography
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Charles A. Harris and Beatrice Harris in memory of Charles "Teenie" Harris
Object number:
2014.302.45
Rights:
© Carnegie Museum of Art, Charles "Teenie" Harris Archive
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Additional Online Media:

Duke Ellington Oral History Project, 1989- 1993

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Interviewer:
Greenlee, Marcia (oral historian)
Willard, Patricia
Interviewee:
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, Herbie 1923-2001
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
Woode, James
Woodman, Britt
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
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
Topic:
Jazz musicians
Local number:
1992.3074 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment, unless otherwise indicated
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Frank Driggs Collection of Duke Ellington Photographic Reference Prints [copy prints], 1923-1972

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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
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. There is NO ORIGINAL MATERIAL IN THIS SO-CALLED COLLECTION.
Cite as:
Frank Driggs Collection of Duke Ellington Photographic Reference Prints, 1923-1972, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Jazz
Music
Jazz musicians
Musicians
Local number:
1991.3010 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music, ca. 1967-68

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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
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
Topic:
Choral music
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble
Musicians
Conductors
Church music
Music
Local number:
1991.3019 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Mood Indigo [music manuscript]

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Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item
Type:
Manuscripts
Holographs
Date:
1928
1974
20th century
Summary:
Note: this record duplicates part of the complete record for this composition.
Fragment, piano score.
Cite as:
Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Music
Local number:
AC0301-0000001.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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