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Duke Ellington

Date of Death: May 24, 1974 (75)

Birth Place: Washington, DC, USA

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Brooklyn Paramount Reopens As Most Historic Music Venue In The City Following Multi-Million Dollar Redevelopment

Brooklyn Paramount reopens as the most historic music venue in the city after a multi-million dollar redevelopment. Discover the iconic space's new chapter.

De La Soul Joins the Kennedy Center's New Hip Hop & Festival

The Kennedy Center has announced that Grammy®-winning American hip hop group De La Soul will join the new festival series, Hip Hop &.

Special Event Celebrating Duke Ellington's 125th Birthday Comes to Symphony Space in May

A celebration of the 125th birthday of jazz great Duke Ellington will take place Monday, May 6 at Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in NYC.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announces Programming For April Engagement At Auditorium Theatre

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will returns to its Chicago home – the landmark Auditorium Theatre at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive – for its 55th engagement, with six dynamic performances, April 17-21, 2024. Tickets, starting at $40, are now on sale at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater | Auditorium Theatre.

27th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival to Take Place This Month

Celebrate 110 Years of the Lyric Theatre at the 27th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival in Miami. Learn more bout the festival and see how to purchase tickets!

Interview: Dominique Kelley & Jen Bender on Co-Directing AFTER MIDNIGHT at Paper Mill Playhouse

BroadwayWorld sat down with the co-directors of the production to learn more about their process and bringing the Jazz Age to life at Paper Mill. After Midnight intertwines the poetry of Langston Hughes with songs from big-band legends Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, and more.

Riverside Opera Company Will Perform ROC BLACK VOICES This Weekend

Celebrating Black History Month, the Riverside Opera Company's live performance of ROC Black Voices will feature Black musicians and vocalists who have performed around the globe. 


Patrons of 54 Below glimpsed a special piece of New York City history with its presentation of DAVID JACKSON & DAVID WHITE: COTTON CLUB CONFIDENTIAL on February 15, 2024.  Each a Broadway veteran in their own right, David Jackson and David White brought the famed ambiance of the Cotton Club of the 1920’s and 30’s to life in 21st century midtown Manhattan.

MOON RIVER: The Songs of Johnny Mercer Comes to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Directed by Josh Sazon and with Music Direction by Wes Habley, MOON RIVER: The Songs of Johnny Mercer will feature a 16-piece big band and vocalists for an evening of music straight from the golden age of Hollywood!

Lyric Hammersmith Reveals 2024-25 Season, Including Revival of OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD and More!

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced its new 2024/2025 season, featuring a revival of the Olivier Award-winning play Our Country’s Good. Learn more about the full season here!

CABARET Pre-Show Will Begin 75 Minutes Before Showtime with Prologue Company

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club has announced the Prologue Company, the dancers and musicians that welcome audiences to the club, as rehearsals are now underway in New York City.

USHER Developing New Series Based on His Music

Inspired by the music of Grammy Award winner USHER, the Untitled Usher Project is a series about Black love in Atlanta and individuals looking to find a place to call home. The series will explore music, style, sex, romance and secrets that threaten to tear relationships apart. 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Comes to The Music Center Next Month

 The Music Center continues its 21st season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center with a seven-performance engagement by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Reveals 25th Anniversary Season

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's 25th season will be a celebration of “25 Years of Black Heritage.” During its 2024-2025 theatre season, WBTT will offer fan favorites as well as a brand-new world premiere show. Learn more about the lineup here!

Fulton Theatre Presents EQUUS By Peter Shaffer

Equus brings the power of passion to Fulton Theatre. Fulton Theatre brings this story about the power of passion to its 4th Floor Tell Studio Theatre as part of the Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series. Peter Shaffer's controversial play Equus opened on Broadway in 1975 to critical acclaim.

MOIPEI to Make North Carolina Debut at The Edward C. Smith Civic Center

MOIPEI will make their North Carolina debut at The Edward C. Smith Civic Center in Lexington NC. Learn how to purchase tickets.

New Jersey Youth Symphony to Present Black History Month Celebration Concert

The New Jersey Youth Symphony, a program of Wharton Arts, will present a Black History Month Celebration Concert on Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.

Dr. Everett McCorvey Named Inaugural Principal Guest Conductor at Opera Columbus

 Opera Columbus has unveiled a historic moment in its rich artistic journey as it welcomes the distinguished Dr. Everett McCorvey as the inaugural Principal Guest Conductor.

Nearly 1,000 Children Will Attend New Jersey Youth Symphony's Free Black History Month Education Concert at UCPAC

The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) announced that nearly 1,000 elementary and middle school students will attend a free Education Concert on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m.

New York Festival of Song to Release NYFOS Records: 'THE SINGLES, VOL. 1'

On Friday, March 8, 2024, New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) will release an album drawn from its archives, NYFOS Records: The Singles, Vol. 1 featuring guest artists performing together with pianist and NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier on NYFOS Records. Learn more here!


Duke Ellington has written 15 shows including Cotton Club Parade (Composer), Jump for Joy (Composer), Blue Holiday (Composer/Lyricist), Beggar's Holiday (Composer), My People (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Pousse-Café (Composer), Bubbling Brown Sugar (Composer/Lyricist), Sophisticated Ladies (Lyricist), Queenie Pie (Composer), Stardust (Composer), A Drum is a Woman (Composer/Lyricist), Play On! (Composer), Dream (Composer/Lyricist), Swing! (Composer/Lyricist), Taking a Chance on Love (Composer).

Duke Ellington has been nominated for the Outstanding Music in a Play award at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on the play "Timon of Athens".

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