MERCER ELLINGTON

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Mercer Kennedy Ellington (March 11, 1919 – February 8, 1996) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger. Ellington was born in Washington, DC, the son of famous composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington and Edna Thompson. By the age of eighteen he had written his first piece to be recorded by his father ("Pigeons and Peppers"). In 1939, 1946–1949, and 1959 he led his own bands, many of whose members went on to play with his father, or to achieve independent fame (notably Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Idrees Sulieman, Chico Hamilton, Charles Mingus, and Carmen McRae). During the 1940s in particular he wrote pieces that became standards, including "Things Ain't What They Used to Be", "Jumpin' Punkins", "Moon Mist", and "Blue Serge". He also wrote the lyrics to Hillis Walters' popular song, "Pass Me By" (1946), which was recorded by Lena Horne, Carmen McRae and Peggy Lee. He composed for his father read more...
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MERCER ELLINGTON Stepping into Swing Society album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stepping into Swing Society
Big Band 1958
MERCER ELLINGTON Colors In Rhythm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Colors In Rhythm
Big Band 1959
MERCER ELLINGTON Black and Tan Fantasy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black and Tan Fantasy
Progressive Big Band 1973
MERCER ELLINGTON Remembering Duke's World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remembering Duke's World
Big Band 1977
MERCER ELLINGTON Hot and Bothered (A Re-creation) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot and Bothered (A Re-creation)
Big Band 1985

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