The Duke Ellington Society (TDES, Inc.) celebrates the music and life of composer, bandleader and pianist Duke Ellington, to develop an appreciation and understanding of his music among all people.

Duke Ellington - Biography

The Society was founded in 1959 as the Duke Ellington Jazz Society, devoted to promoting the appreciation of all aspects of Ellingtonia. Duke Ellington encouraged the Society's development.

Billy Strayhorn - Biography

TDES, Inc. is a 501C3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Your donations help print and mail our newsletter, rent space for our meetings, and provide you with parties for free with live music.

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You are invited to join the international Ellington community in an ongoing conversation about Duke and his legacy. The email discussion group site is operated through a university in Canada. The email title: Duke.lym stands for Duke - love you madly. While it is not associated with the Duke Ellington Society, many of our current members participate in it. Join in lively conversations - make new friends, get your Duke questions answered and share jazz experiences with others!


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