The following biography is one in a series of "My Hero Essays" written by students at Miami Lakes Middle School. Special thanks to teacher and web mentor Lottie
Simms, Mrs. Ball, band director, and Mrs. Mayland, computer education teacher.
by Elliot J.
Duke Ellington was always called the "Duke." He was called the Duke because of his love
of fancy clothes and an elegant style. The power of his presence was as strong off of the stage as it was on.
As a band leader, Ellington's career lasted more than fifty years. By the end of the twenties he began to develop as an arranger. His popular works came later in his career. He wrote
his best works while he had his most talented band playing in the background.
Duke Ellington started his career in the Cotton Club. The Cotton Club was the most popular place for all musicians of his time. After playing at the Cotton Club for a while he then
went big time. He has accomplished a lot in his career and has affected many people. Duke Ellington is known as the greatest jazz pianist that ever lived.