Duke Ellington

Without question, the most significant composer in the history of jazz music was Duke Ellington, the elegant composer, arranger, pianist and bandleader who gave the American songbook such stellar material as "Mood ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1899 in Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Music (166)

Whiplash 2014 (Movie)

("Caravan") (Song)

42 2013 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Anymore") (Song Performer)

42 2013 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Anymore") (Song)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

("Jeep's Blues") (Song Performer)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

("Jeep's Blues") (Song)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

("Angelica") (Song)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

("Dancers In Love") (Song Performer)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

("Dancers In Love") (Song)

Martha Marcy May Marlene 2011 (Movie)

("Sophisticated Lady") (Song)

The Artist 2011 (Movie)

Music Performer("Jubilee Stomp") (Song Performer)

The Artist 2011 (Movie)

("Jubilee Stomp") (Music)

He's Just Not That Into You 2009 (Movie)

("Sophisticated Lady") (Song)

Two Lovers 2009 (Movie)

("Rockin' In Rhythm") (Song)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

("Mood Indigo") (Song)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

("Solitude") (Song)

The Creek Runs Red 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Song

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

("Solitude") (Song Performer)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

("Solitude") (Song)

King of California 2007 (Movie)

("In A Sentimental Mood (Inst)") (Song)

Ocean's 13 2007 (Movie)

("Caravan") (Song)

The Great Debaters 2007 (Movie)

("Delta Serenade") (Song)

9 Drawings for Projection 2006 (Movie)

("Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City After Paris") (Music)

African American Lives 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Song

Shanghai Kiss 2006 (Movie)

("Acht O'Clock Rock Remix") (Song)

The Lost City 2006 (Movie)

("Limbo Jazz") (Song)

Melinda and Melinda 2005 (Movie)

("In a Mellow Tone") (Song)

Melinda and Melinda 2005 (Movie)

("I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart") (Song Performer)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

("Prelude to a Kiss") (Song)

Prime 2005 (Movie)

("In A Sentimental Mood") (Song)

Prime 2005 (Movie)

("In A Sentimental Mood") (Song Performer)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

(I'm Beginning To See The Light) (Song Performer)

White Countess 2005 (Movie)

("Mood Indigo") (Song)

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

("Limbo Jazz") (Song Performer)

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

("Limbo Jazz") (Song)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

("Caravan") (Song)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("I'm Beginning To See The Light") (Song)

The Human Stain 2003 (Movie)

("I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good") (Song)

The Matrix Revolutions 2003 (Movie)

("I'm Beginning To See The Light") (Song)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

("Mood Indigo") (Song Performer)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

("Mood Indigo") (Song)

Hart's War 2002 (Movie)

("Blue Horizon") (Song)

Don't Say A Word 2001 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Anymore") (Song)

Size Matters: A Real Sex Xtra 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 (Movie)

("Sophisticated Lady") (Song Performer)

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Colorado Symphony: Jazz For Orchestra 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 (Movie)

("Mood Indigo") (Song Performer)

The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

A Capitol Fourth (1999) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

("I Didn't Know About You") (Song)

Eyes Wide Shut 1999 (Movie)

("I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)") (Song)

Life 1999 (Movie)

("Drop Me Off in Harlem") (Song)

Spanish Fly 1999 (Movie)

("Caravan") (Song)

Star Crossed Lovers 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song

Sweet and Lowdown 1999 (Movie)

songs("Caravan" "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)") (Song)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

("Three Little Words") (Song Performer)

The Matrix 1999 (Movie)

("I'm Beginning to See the Light") (Song Performer)

The Matrix 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

("Caravan") (Song)

Uptown Blues: Ellington at 100 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

songs("Low Key Lightly" "Don't Get Around Much Anymore") (Song)

Porgy and Bess: An American Voice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

("That's the Kind of Girl I Dream Of") (Song)

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

("Solitude") (Song)

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Anymore") (Song)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

("I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good") (Song)

The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Anymore") (Song)

Love Jones 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Love Jones 1997 (Movie)

("In a Sentimental Mood") (Performer)

Metro 1997 (Movie)

("Things Ain't What They Used to Be") (Song Performer)

Robert Altman's Jazz '34 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Music

Ulee's Gold 1997 (Movie)

("Sophisticated Lady") (Song)

Kansas City 1996 (Movie)

("Solitude") (Song)

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

("Just a Lucky So & So") (Song)

Marsalis on Music 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Music

Swingers 1996 (Movie)

("I'm Beginning To See The Light") (Song)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

("In a Sentimental Mood") (Song)

Marcus Roberts: Among Giants 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

("I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good") (Song)

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

A Salute to the Newport Jazz Festival 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music

Jazz at Lincoln Center With Wynton Marsalis 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

("Flying Home") (Song Performer)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

("In a Sentimental Mood") (Song)

Amongst Friends 1993 (Movie)

("Love Scene") (Song)

Black and Blue 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

Rising Sun 1993 (Movie)

("Single Petal of a Rose") (Song)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

music composer("I'm Gonna Go Fishin") (Composer)

Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

("It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)") (Song)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

("In a Sentimental Mood") (Song)

Big Band Ballroom Bash 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song

Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

("Prelude To A Kiss") (Song)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

songs("Drop Me Off in Harlem" "Azure" "Arabesque Cookie") (Song)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

("Arabesque Cookie") (Song Performer)

Michael Feinstein & Friends 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song

Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)

("Prelude to a Kiss") (Song)

The Mambo Kings 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

The Mambo Kings 1992 (Movie)

("In a Sentimental Mood") (Song Performer)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

("Moon Indigo") (Song)

Ballerinas: Dances by Peter Martins 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

He Said, She Said 1991 (Movie)

("I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So") (Song)

Mobsters 1991 (Movie)

("Dancers in Love") (Song)

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

("Rockin' in Rhythm") (Song)

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

("The Mooche") (Song)

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (Movie)

("Satin Doll") (Song)

The Rocketeer 1991 (Movie)

("In a Sentimental Mood") (Song)

A Classical Jazz Christmas With Wynton Marsalis 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music Arranger

Alice 1990 (Movie)

("Caravan") (Song)

Driving Me Crazy 1990 (Movie)

("Things Ain't What They Used to Be") (Song Performer)

Romuald et Juliette 1990 (Movie)

("On the Sunny Side of the Street") (Performer)

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

("Sophisticated Lady") (Song)

White Hunter, Black Heart 1990 (Movie)

("Satin Doll") (Song)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

("First Movement") (Song Performer)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

(Song)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

("The Mooch") (Song)

Correspondance 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Daybreak Express 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Field of Dreams 1989 (Movie)

("Lotus Blossom") (Song Performer)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

songs("Black Beauty" "Drop Me Off in Harlem" "The Gal From Joe's" "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" "Mood Indigo" "Sophisticated Lady") (Song)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

("Drop Me Off in Harlem") (Song Performer)

Jacksonville Jazz IX 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

("Daydream" "In a Sentimental Mood") (Song)

Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall 1989 (Movie)

("Drop Me Off in Harlem") (Song)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("Prelude to a Kiss" "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" "Solitude") (Song)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Anymore") (Song)

Wynton Marsalis: Blues and Swing 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

A Dama do cine Shanghai 1988 (Movie)

("Sophisticated Lady") (Song)

Biloxi Blues 1988 (Movie)

("Solitude") (Song)

Evening at Pops (07/23/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Full Moon in Blue Water 1988 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Any More") (Song)

Sophisticated Lady 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

In the Mood 1987 (Movie)

("Solitude") (Song)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

("Take the 'A' Train") (Song Performer)

The King's Singers on Stage at Wolf Trap 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song

The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

("Mood Indigo") (Song)

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 (Movie)

("Just Squeeze Me") (Song)

Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Miss Mary 1986 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Anymore") (Song)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Any More") (Music)

Maria's Lovers 1985 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Anymore") (Song)

City News 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Music

Die Ruckseite des Mondes 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

songs("Creole Love Call" "Creole Rhapsody" "Hot and Bothered" "Black Beauty" "Daybreak Express" "Wall Street Wail" "Slipper Horn" "High Life" "The Mooche" "Ring Dem Bells" "Drop Me Off in Harlem" "East St Louis Toodle-O" "Cotton Club Stomp" "Pyramid" "Cot (Song)

What Happened to Kerouac? 1984 (Movie)

("Black and Tan Fantasy") (Music)

Let's Spend the Night Together 1983 (Movie)

("Take the A Train") (Song Performer)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

("It Don't Mean a Thing") (Song)

City News 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Himmel und Erde 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Jazz in Exile 1981 (Movie)

("In a Sentimental Mood") (Song)

La Belle Captive 1981 (Movie)

("The Mooch") (Music)

Rough Cut 1980 (Movie)

songs("Don't Get Around Much Anymore" "C Jam Blues" "Sophisticated Lady" "In a Sentimental Mood" "Mood Indigo" "Caravan" "Prelude to a Kiss" "Satin Doll" "I Got it Bad (And That Ain't Good)") (Song)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

("Vortex") (Song)

Ailey Celebrates Ellington 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Music

Adalen '31 1969 (Movie)

musical extracts (Music)

Assault on a Queen 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

Paris Blues 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 (Movie)

(Music)

Check and Double Check 1929 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (TV Show)

Music

Play On! (TV Show)

Song
Actor (12)

Symphony in Black 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Duke Ellington: Memories Of Duke 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

All-Star Swing Festival 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Band and All That Jazz 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 (Movie)

Pie-eye (Actor)

Cabin in the Sky 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Reveille With Beverly 1942 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Belle of the Nineties 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

Check and Double Check 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder at the Vanities (Movie)

Themselves (Actor)

The Lou Rawls Show (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Without question, the most significant composer in the history of jazz music was Duke Ellington, the elegant composer, arranger, pianist and bandleader who gave the American songbook such stellar material as "Mood Indigo," "Take the 'A' Train," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got that Swing)," "Satin Doll" and countless other enduring classics. Ellington was revered for both his versatility, which allowed him to compose all manner of music - from hot swing jazz to classical-style suites, film scores and Broadway musicals - and for his talent as a bandleader, which allowed him to draw out some of the finest performances on record and stage by such legends of Jazz as Cootie Williams, Ray Nance and Ben Webster. Ellington's sophisticated arrangements and lyrics, which addressed everything from love to racial equality, were largely responsible for raising the perception of jazz from back alley blues to an art form on par with other genres of music. In doing so, Duke Ellington was one of the most important musical figures in American history.

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