Black History Month // Duke Ellington •
Did you know Alvin Ailey created fourteen dances to music by the great Duke Ellington? One of them is ‘Night Creature’ which the company performed for the students in the Miami area this morning. SWIPE⬅️ to see the company perform the last section of Ailey’s ‘Night Creature.’ •
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in a career spanning over fifty years.
Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward, and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the 1930s, his orchestra toured in Europe. Though widely considered to have been a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington embraced the phrase "beyond category" as a liberating principle, and referred to his music as part of the more general category of American Music, rather than to a musical genre such as jazz. Ellington earned 12 Grammy awards from 1959 to 2000, three of which were posthumous. #BlackHistoryMonth#DukeEllington#AlvinAiley#NightCreature#Aileyontour#AileyinMiami#Miami#GivingDanceBack#Musician#Artists
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