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Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, Buck Clayton and Max Kaminsky

Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, Buck Clayton and Max Kaminsky
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Gjon Mili, 28 Nov 1904 - 14 Feb 1984
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Dizzy Gillespie, 21 Oct 1917 - 6 Jan 1993
Buck Clayton, 12 Nov 1911 - 8 Dec 1991
Max Kaminsky, 1908 - 6 Sep 1994
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 26.9 x 33.9cm (10 9/16 x 13 3/8")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Music\Musical instrument\Trombone
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Music\Musical instrument\Drum
Music\Musical instrument\Bass
Music\Musical instrument\Clarinet
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Folding chair
Duke Ellington: Male
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Duke Ellington: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Dizzy Gillespie: Male
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Buck Clayton: Male
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger
Max Kaminsky: Male
Max Kaminsky: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Max Kaminsky: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
United States\New York\Kings\New York
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Shutterstock
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Born Washington, D.C.
"Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one," exclaimed the famed composer, bandleader, and pianist Duke Ellington. During a career that spanned six decades, he rose to international stardom and helped to reshape the contours of American music. Raised in Washington, D.C., Ellington formed his first jazz band at age nineteen. He made a name for himself in the late 1920s at the Cotton Club in Harlem, where he performed a regular gig that was broadcast nationally on the radio. With songs such as "Solitude" and "In a Sentimental Mood," Ellington achieved widespread popularity with diverse audiences. He first performed abroad in 1933, and so successful were his concerts that he later toured the globe under the auspices of the U.S. State Department. In this photograph, Ellington is seated at the piano; playing trumpet beside him are the famed musicians Dizzy Gillespie (left) and Buck Clayton (right).
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National Portrait Gallery