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us: Ellington, Mercer


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  • Fuller Name

    • Mercer Kennedy
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1919-03-11
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1996-02-08
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Washington (D.C.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Copenhagen (Denmark)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Duke Ellington Orchestra
    • Organization

        (naf) Duke Ellington Orchestra
    • Gender

        male
  • Sources

    • found: At home with jazz. [MP] 1962.
    • found: New Grove dict. of jazz (Ellington, Mercer (Kennedy); b. 3-11-19, Washington; trumpeter, composer, and bandleader; son of Duke Ellington)
    • found: New York times, 2-10-96 (Mercer Ellington, bandleader, 76; d. 2-8-96, Copenhagen)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed January 17, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Ellington, Mercer; bandleader, composer/ arranger, trumpeter; born 11 March 1919 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States; major asset to father, Duke Ellington; most lasting composings include, Things Ain't What They Used to Be, Blue Serge, Jumpin' Punkins, John Hardy's Wife, and Moon Mist; joined father's orchestra as road manager and a section trumpeter (1965); took over the orchestra following father's death; directed the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies, featured Duke's music, and conducted Duke Ellington's only opera, Queenie Pie (1981-1983); band's best albums include, Music Is My Mistress and Only God Can Make a Tree (1988, 1995); died 08 February 1996 in Copenhagen, Denmark)
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    • 1982-12-06: new
    • 2015-12-05: revised
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