Duke Ellington - 1910's - While growing up in Washington, DC and throughout his early career, Duke Ellington played throughout the Washington, D.C. area and into Virginia for private society balls and embassy parties. A major figure in the history of jazz, Ellington's music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. His career spanned more than 50 years and included leading his orchestra, composing an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for…
Kay Davis: Singer who worked with Duke Ellington
Kay Davis: Singer who worked with Duke Ellington Although she was a classically trained soprano, Kay Davis established her name with the busiest, most famous jazz orchestra of the time, as one of three female singers in the Duke Ellington band. The fact that they were all very talented came first, but Ellington, the great charmer, loved to be in the company of beautiful women.
Jazz musician Hazel Scott Recognized as a child musical prodigy, she was awarded scholarships to study classical piano at Julliard from the age of eight. She was the first woman of color to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show. . She is the mother of Adam Clayton Powell III.