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It Don't Mean A Thing?

Washington, DC

Duke Ellington (far left) and his orchestra performing at Howard University in Washington, DC in 1940. Photo by William P. Gottlieb
This week's podcast continues our look at the nation's capital, this time turning our attention to one of DC's most famous sons, Duke Ellington. One of the country's greatest composers and bandleaders, Ellington achieved national fame when his orchestra became the house band at Harlem's Cotton Club in the 1920s. But before that Ellington had learned his art in the streets of DC. Listen to this week's Art Works podcast to find out how.


Check in next week for our podcast with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper about his participation in the NEA's Mayors' Institute on City Design.


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