Edward Kennedy Ellington (1899-1974) is probably best known as the leader of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which he was for almost fifty years. Not so well known was his prodigious talent as a piano player.
Here he is with a superbly inventive version of what became his ‘signature’ tune:
Another fine display alongside two other very good piano players, Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and Billy Taylor-
And here with two more ‘giants’ of jazz, Ellington shows why he should be regarded as the greatest musician in the history of jazz-
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