This bulletin board looks best down
in black, white, silver and another accent color (like red or yellow). I use a
white background, with sparkly silver trim, and black construction paper behind
all of the letters, and the big photo of Duke Ellington in the middle of the
board. I type up info about Duke Ellington, cut it down to a tall rectangular shape
and then glue it to a piece of black construction paper that is cut in the
shape of a top hat. I put the top hat with the info on it on a colored square
of construction paper (red or yellow) and attach them in a semi-circle around
the main picture of him in the middle of the board. I use top hats because the
picture that I use of him has him in one. It looks sorta like this one-CLICK HERE.
Here is the info that I use on the top hats.
Born 29 April 1899 in Washington DC,
composer, bandleader, and pianist Edward Kennedy ("Duke") Ellington
was recognized in his lifetime as one of the greatest jazz composers and
Nicknamed "Duke" by a
boyhood friend who admired his regal air, the name stuck and became indelibly
associated with the finest creations in big band and vocal jazz.
Beginning keyboard studies at the age
of seven, Ellington's earliest influences were the ragtime pianists. He taught
himself harmony at the piano and at 17, made his professional debut.
Encouraged by Fats Waller, he moved
to New York in 1923 and, during the formative Cotton Club years, experimented
with and developed the style that would quickly bring him worldwide success and
recognition. Ellington would be among the first to focus on musical form and
composition in jazz using ternary forms and "call-and-response"
techniques in works like Concerto for Cootie (known in its familiar vocal
version as Do Nothin' till You Hear from Me) and Cotton Tail and classic
symphonic devices in his orchestral suites.
Among Ellington's many honors and
awards were honorary doctorates from Howard and Yale Universities, membership
in the American Institute of Arts and Letters, election as the first jazz
musician member of the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm, and the Presidential
Medal of Freedom.