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Remembering Duke Ellington

By admin | February 2, 2012

Photo: ky_olsen

Photo: ky_olsen

To commemorate Black History Month, we’ll take a look at prominent African American figures that have helped transform American history through their remarkable achievements. Today, we look at the greatest American composer who composed over 3000 songs in his fifty-year career and played in over 20,000 performances worldwide. Duke Ellington not only changed the face of American music but also helped change culture, especially here in Harlem.

Known as one of the most prominent figures of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington helped form the jazz movement and gave Harlem its historical face. Read More


Duke Ellington: Inventor of American Music

By admin | August 24, 2011

Photo: Alex Mcchesney

Photo: Alex Mcchesney

By: Dylan Rodgers

Next to a miniature concert grand piano, Duke Ellington stands immortalized in bronze in Frawley Circle.  This monument was the first in New York City to be built in honor of an African-American.  It was built in 1997 in a semi-circular plaza at the gateway to Harlem on 5th Avenue and 110th Street.  Towering above the public in Harlem, the place where he transformed the face of American music, Duke and his piano are supported by nine caryatid figures holding the immense weight of his legendary prowess. Read More


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