The Legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra
Duke Ellington Orchestra and his Orchestra is perhaps the greatest of all Jazz bands. The group stayed together for over fifty years and recorded and wrote some of America's greatest music. The band started in New York City under name of the Washingtonians in 1923, they then briefly became known as Duke Ellington and his Kentucky Club Orchestra, then as Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra from 1927 to 1930. It was through weekly radio broadcasts from the Cotton Club that the orchestra gained nationwide exposure and became famous. After 1931 the band was billed as Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. Artistically the era of "swing" and of the big bands was dominated by the orchestra of Edward "Duke" Ellington (1899), the first great composer (and self-arranger) of jazz music (and one of the most prolific in the entire history of music).
The Duke Ellington Orchestra performs at "Summer Nights at Harkness" Music Series on Thursday, August 8, 2013