Duke Ellington: Biography, Songs & Facts


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How did Duke Ellington get his name?

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1. What instrument did Duke Ellington play?

2. What famous nightclub hired Duke Ellington to be their bandleader and was his stepping stone to fame?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combination focuses on the life and career of Duke Ellington. Topics discussed include how he got his name and what instrument he played.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to test your knowledge of the following:

  • Nightclub responsible for making Ellington famous
  • Types of music Ellington composed
  • Ellington's most famous songs

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information given about musician Duke Ellington
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding his most successful songs
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Ellington's career

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Duke Ellington: Biography, Songs & Facts. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the Harlem Renaissance
  • Get a better understanding of the history of jazz music
  • Discuss the awards and accolades won by Ellington