The Cotton Club. Andrea Davis Pinkney. Jazz Instruments. About This Website. Teacher Resources. Home Ragtime. Ragtime by Phillip, Maryan, Chy Born, Stephanie, and Muna Ragtime is an American musical genre with a special rhythm.
- “Duke Ellington: The Smithsonian Will Preserve and Perpetuate Duke Ellington's Legacy,” Jazz Educators Journal 22, no. 1 (January 1990), 24–27. Describes the scope of the huge Duke Ellington Collection acquired by the NMAH in 1988, and the Museum’s plans to catalog it and present it to the public.
- Duke Ellington's Early Years Ellington studied music during the ragtime era. Ragtime was a kind of popular American music consisting of off-beat dance rhythms that began with the honky-tonk pianists along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. By the time he was 20, he and his friends formed a band that would be the foundation for his life's work.
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