Our Mission
The Duke Ellington Center For the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization focusing on scholarship, education, documentation of accurate Ellington history through performances connected to the legacy of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974). Considered one of America's greatest composers and arrangers and bandleaders with over 3,000 compositions attributed to him, he is a seminal figure in the history of American music, renowned the world over.
 About Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category. He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered as one of the twentieth century's most prolific composer and best known African American personalities. As both a composer and a bandleader, Ellington's reputation has increased since his death, with the continuous thematic repackaging of his signature music, often becoming best-sellers. Posthumous recognition of his work includes a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.
The Team Behind The Continuity
Mercedes Ellington
Michael Dinwiddie 
Board, Chair 
Scott Lange
Fundraising , Chair
Tony Waag
Events, Chair
Michael Konopka
Planning, Co-Chair
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"Put it this way: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom… In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country."
- Duke Ellington -
"It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line"
- Duke Ellington -
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Who Is Duke Ellington?
If you don't know who Duke Ellington is, then you will discover his greatness with this interactive blog post. DECFA wants to make it easy for anyone to explore the legendary world of his musical compositions.
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About Us
The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA) was formed by renowned dancer, choreographer and director Mercedes Ellington, granddaughter of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington.
About Us
The Duke Ellington Center For The Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization focused on scholarship, education, and performance to celebrate and perpetuate the legacy of “Duke” Ellington who is considered one of America’s greatest composers.
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211 Duke Ellington Boulevard, Ste. 7A
New York, NY 10025
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