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Duke Ellington and his Band.
Duke Ellington performs with his band

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Duke's Band
The Duke Ellington Orchestra was on the road for 50 years and kept up an incredible schedule. The band often performed two shows a day and sometimes even added in a recording session. Ellington's music was familiar to people in the U.S. and abroad--no place was too small or too grand for "the Duke," as he was known, to play. Over the years Ellington worked with many famous people, including Irving Berlin, Florenz Ziegfeld, Al Jolson, Lena Horn, Ella Fitzgerald, Max Roach, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Bing Crosby, and many more. Ellington and his band kept up their fast-paced touring schedule into the early 1970s.
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