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duke Ellington in the Harlem renaissance
Transcript of duke Ellington in the Harlem renaissance
cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place between WW1 and the 1930's
The time was a place where african american talent was escaping the south to express their talents freely.
many people were encouraged by Dubois which was the editor to THE CRISIS magazine, and the journal of the NAACP
the renaissance was more than a literary movement. it also affected the way many had lived and was the fuel for "the new negro" pride
He was born in Washington D.C on April 29,1899.
He was raised by two talented musical parents in a middle class neighborhood.
At the age of 7 he began studying piano and earned his nickname "Duke".
"It don't mean a thing" - by Duke ellington
-" Makes no difference if that rhythm's sweet or hot
give that rhythm everything, everything you got
it dont mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" - excerpt from the song " it dont mean a thing"
Duke ellington (continued)
His career spanned more that half a century.
He started playing professional at 17.
He earned more then 12 grammys, 9 while he was alive and 3 after death.
Died at the age of 75 , May 24, 1974