To honor jazz legend Duke Ellington on his birthday (April 29), let’s take a look at a fascinating work of his: Symphony in Black. A 9-minute short, it was Billie Holiday’s first appearance in film, and “one of the earliest cinematic explorations of African-American culture for a mass audience.”



Learn more about Ellington’s life, career, and rise to fame, and tell us what your favorite Duke Ellington tune is!