Posts Tagged ‘Duke Ellington’

Mary Lou Williams (1910 – 1981), “The First Lady of Jazz,” was born in Atlanta, raised in Pittsburgh, and nearly 30 years after her death, is still considered the most influential woman in jazz. The legendary jazz pianist and prolific composer and recording artist wrote and arranged for Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie…to […]


Internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Duke Ellington will appear on the back of the District of Columbia quarter-dollar coin as part of the U.S. Mint’s state and U.S. territories quarter-dollar coin program. Ellington was born and raised in DC. Six new coins, including DC’s, begin circulating in 2009 and represent the final coins in the program, which began in […]