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  • The death of Duke Ellington's beloved mother in 1935 drew from the great composer a work that provided the first serious indication that his gifts could not be confined to the glittering multifaceted miniatures with which he had made his name.

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  • The interlude for Ellington's unaccompanied piano allows the composer to evoke the sensation of a mind gently slipping in and out of grief.

    Duke Ellington's mother dies

  • Although occasionally disparaged, Ellington's extended compositions contained some of his finest music and demonstrated to those who followed him that the music did not need to be constrained by the artificial boundaries originally imposed by the playing time of a 10-inch shellac disc: a momentous breakthrough.

    Duke Ellington's mother dies

  • The Spartans were concerned about Ty Lawson's speed at point guard, but it was Wayne Ellington's shooting that caused them early trouble.

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  • He had come to New York from his hometown of Washington nine years before with his five-piece combo, Duke Ellington's Washingtonians.

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  • As Billy Strayhorn eventually Ellington's associate arranger put it in Down Beat in 1952: Ellington plays the piano, but his real instrument is the band.

    The Duke, Before My Time

  • But Ellington's compositions are so strong that I think they're amenable to different interpretations.

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  • Originally inspired by Ellington's composing and Thelonious Monk's piano-playing, Tracey forged a combination of the two that made him one of the most distinctive British jazz artists from the mid-1950s onwards.

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  • The festival helped usher jazz into the mainstream as recordings proliferated of landmark performances, such as Paul Gonsalves's fiery, marathon saxophone solo in Duke Ellington's "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" in 1956.

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  • Set in an 18th century carriage house, local boy Duke Ellington's jazzy rendition of The Nutcracker gives characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy a tweak.

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