The Jazz Life — Queen Elizabeth II and Duke Ellington

A Story of The Queen’s Suite

After Duke Ellington’s appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1956 his profile rose like a blazing phoenix from the musical doldrums he had encountered after the rise of Be-bop and Rock ’n’ Roll. By 1958 he was on a high that included a white tie meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, whose beauty, poise and humour, gave him the inspiration to…



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