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Duke Ellington Sunday, 21 July, 2002, 19:31 GMT 20:31 UK
The centenary of a jazz legend
Jazz lovers and musicians all over the world will be celebrating 100 years since the birth of Duke Ellington, one of the most well-known jazz performers and composers of all time, on 29 April 1999.

The birth of a jazz king
Duke Ellington will not only be remembered as one of the century's greatest musicians, but also as one of the most innovative and colourful.

Musical trip: Take the A Train
The story of how a train of bizarre events involving chance and circumstance led to the composition of one of the band's best-known pieces.

Newport festival fever
Just one performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1956 reversed the band's declining fortunes and made jazz history.

Which was the greatest band?
The eclectic and creative style of the Ellington band owes much to the variety of musicians belonging to it at different times.



Behind every great man
Billy Strayhorn wrote some of the band's most memorable tunes, but was content to remain in the background and pass on taking the credit.

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