(Edward Kennedy Ellington)
pianist, composer, orchestra leader
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and orchestra leader considered the most prolific composer and best-known figure in jazz history. Ellington's orchestra featured jazz's biggest names and achieved an almost perfect unity of style, making tremendous progress in the jazz idiom. His works include ?Mood Indigo? (1930), ?Black, Brown and Beige? (1943), and ?Night Creatures? (1955).