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Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Partnership in Jazz | Music History Lecture/Performance with Michael Tracy

In the 1920s out of segregated Washington DC, a self-taught Afro-American pianist, composer and band leader, Edward Kennedy Ellington, embarked on a career that would last into the 1970s. By the late 1920s Duke Ellington was performing in Manhattan’s Cotton Club, by the 1930s playing to sold out crowds in Paris, London, and cities throughout the US. In 1938 Ellington met a 23 year old, gay Afro-American musical prodigy, Billy Strayhorn. For the next 30 years Ellington and Strayhorn formed Jazz’s…

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