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Edward "Duke" Ellington

@ Temple University

Mosley, John W


Big band leader, jazz pianist and composer Duke Ellington (1899–1974) signs autograph for servicemen at the South Broad Street USO in 1943. In Philadelphia, Duke played at the black-owned Standard Theatre at 12th and South Streets in the 1920s and 30s, and recorded live at the Click Restaurant in the 1940s and 50s. He performed at the Academy of Music in January 1951 and on January 25, 1951 the Pyramid Club honored Duke with a Testimonial of Appreciation. In 1951, he performed a benefit concert for the Philadelphia Inquirer at the Municipal Stadium. Duke was also known to frequent the Philadelphia Clef Club and Stan Cooper’s Club Harlem Night Club.

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