US 2211 Plate Block Ellington

USA 1986 Performing Arts Duke Ellington Plate Block of 4 Postage Stamps, MNH

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These 22-Cent commemorative stamps honoring Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington were issued April 29, 1986, in New York City. Music critics called Duke Ellington "the master." Jazz critic and historian Ralph J. Gleason said he was "the greatest composer this American society has produced . . . a master musician, master psychologist, master choreographer."

Ellington has been credited with creating the single most durable body of original jazz compositions in the history of music. He brought listening and dancing pleasure to millions with compositions such as "Satin Doll" and "Mood Indigo." The Ellington band's five-year association with Harlem's The Cotton Club and its national, nightly broadcasts brought the band widespread fame.