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Ellington, Mercer

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Personal name headingEllington, Mercer
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Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1919-03-11
Death date1996-02-08
Place of birthWashington (D.C.)
Place of deathCopenhagen (Denmark)
AffiliationDuke Ellington Orchestra
Profession or occupationTrumpeters
Jazz musicians Composers Band directors Conductors (Music)
Found inAt home with jazz. [MP] 1962.
New Grove dict. of jazz (Ellington, Mercer (Kennedy); b. 3-11-19, Washington; trumpeter, composer, and bandleader; son of Duke Ellington)
New York times, 2-10-96 (Mercer Ellington, bandleader, 76; d. 2-8-96, Copenhagen)
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)