Duke's OurStory


Start by reading Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, then explore other aspects of jazz history through the other related activities.


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Reading Duke Ellington
Meet Edward "Duke" Ellington, one of America's most famous jazz musicians.
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duke_play thumbnailFollow simple directions to make a musical instrument, then try out some "call and response" jazz rhythms.
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In the Mood for Instruments                                                                          Try your hand at picking instruments to change the mood of a song.
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duke_trip thumbnailCheck out the cool jazz cats in your neighborhood with these tips for finding and enjoying jazz performances near you.
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Reel History
duke_film thumbnailTake a peek at this film of Duke Ellington performing in 1930. Do you notice what's missing from this video?
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