Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett preview jazz album 'Cheek to Cheek'

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett preview jazz album 'Cheek to Cheek'

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) --Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will release jazz album "Cheek to Cheek" in September, and premiered the video for their first single, "Anything Goes," on Tuesday.
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'Dancing on the Edge' miniseries to premiere on Starz Oct. 19

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The British miniseries "Dancing on the Edge" will premiere in the United States Oct. 19, Starz announced Tuesday.
Fantasia to appear in 'After Midnight' musical revue on Broadway

Fantasia to appear in 'After Midnight' musical revue on Broadway

NEW YORK, July 20 (UPI) -- Fantasia Barrino has been tapped to appear in the Broadway musical revue, "After Midnight," a celebration of Duke Ellington, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller dies at age 57

ALLENTOWN, Pa., June 2 (UPI) -- Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist who got his start with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, died in Allentown, Pa., his record label officials said. He was 57.
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Nat King Cole's wife Maria dead at 90

BOCA RATON, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- Maria Cole, wife of late music icon Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, died in Florida after a bout with cancer, her children said. She was 90.
Historic Howard Theatre reopens this week

Historic Howard Theatre reopens this week

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- The Howard Theatre, a historic African-American arts landmark in Washington, is reopening this week after a $29 million renovation and 32-year hiatus.

Duke Ellington on back of D.C. quarter

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Jazz icon Duke Ellington is the first African-American musician on a circulating U.S. coin, his image on the District of Columbia quarter, the U.S. Mint said.
Museum to hang Bennett's Duke painting

Museum to hang Bennett's Duke painting

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Singer Tony Bennett's painting of Duke Ellington has been accepted into the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, RPM Productions said.
Stamps to honor black entertainment icons

Stamps to honor black entertainment icons

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Postal Service says it will offer a series of stamps highlighting the African-American cultural experience through vintage publicity posters.
Seattle's famed Washington Hall for sale

Seattle's famed Washington Hall for sale

SEATTLE, June 30 (UPI) -- Washington Hall, where Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington played back when black performers weren't welcome in Seattle's white venues, is for sale.

Tap dancer Jimmy Slyde dead at 80

BROCKTON, Mass., May 18 (UPI) -- Jimmy Slyde, a leading U.S. tap dancer during the big-band era, has died in Hanson, Mass. He was 80.

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Owner: Cotton Club not for sale

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The owner of a 30-year-old New York successor to Harlem's Cotton Club is fighting Columbia University's plan to take it over in the name of campus expansion.

Hancock salutes Mitchell on new album

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- American jazz great Herbie Hancock said his new album is more than just a tribute to Joni Mitchell.
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Duke Ellington
NYP97070105- 1 JULY 97-NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Pulitzer Prize winning composer Wynton Marsalis plays a Ellington composition prior to the, July 1st, unveiling of The Duke Ellington Memorial Statue in Harlem. UPI ep/Ezio Petersen

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader.

Duke Ellington was known in his life as one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. His reputation increased when he died including a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category." These included many of the musicians who served with his orchestra, some of whom were considered among the giants of jazz and performed with Ellington's orchestra for decades. While many were noteworthy in their own right, it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known orchestral units in the history of jazz. He often composed specifically for the style and skills of these individuals, such as "Jeep's Blues" for Johnny Hodges, "Concerto for Cootie" ("Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me") for Cootie Williams and "The Mooche" for Tricky Sam Nanton. He also recorded songs written by his bandsmen, such as Juan Tizol's "Caravan" and "Perdido" which brought the "Spanish Tinge" to big-band jazz. After 1941, he frequently collaborated with composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn, whom he called his alter-ego.

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