Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
In 1969, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington {1899-1974} received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for expanding the boundaries of jazz and preserving "the individuality and freedom of expression" that are its soul. His orchestra's popularity grew following radio broadcasts of its performances during the 1920s, and the group began to tour internationally. Ellington and his orchestra performed "sacred concerts," combining gospel, jazz, spirituals, and other styles. The orchestra also played such big-band hits as "Take the 'A' Train."
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