American Music: Duke Ellington's Birthday Celebration

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"His music sounds like America." - Wynton Marsalis on Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington referred to his compositions as "American Music" instead of "jazz". His sound is deeply embedded in the American musical tradition, and his 3000+ compositions continue to influence contemporary music. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Ellington received 13 Grammy Awards, The President's Gold Medal (1966) and Medal of Freedom (1969). Tomorrow from 4-7PM ET we celebrate the inspired life of a great artist, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington.