Happy 117th Birthday, Duke Ellington!

Duke Ellington was born Edward Kennedy Ellington 117 years ago today in Washington, D.C. His contributions to music are difficult to overstate: composer, pianist, and, for more than half a century, leader of a great jazz orchestra. And my oh my, was he an elegant man.

Happy birthday, Mr. Ellington, wherever you may be. Thanks for all the wonderful music.

Duke Ellington

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