Shaw in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Edward “Duke” Ellington Residence
African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC
1805 13th Street, NW
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899—1974), the internationally renowned composer and musician born in Washington, DC, spend part of his youth here at 1805 13th Street, NW (1910—1914). During those formative years he studied classical piano as well as techniques of local ragtime pianists. Ellington played one of his first public concerts at the True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street, NW. By his early 20s, he had his own four-piece combo, Duke's Serenaders. He was a fixture on the U Street musical scene before moving to New York in 1923 and forming Duke Ellington and the Washingtonians. A hit in Harlem, Ellington launched a recording and composing career that brought him worldwide fame.
Erected by DC Cultural Heritage.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.861′ N, 77° 1.771′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 13th Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1805 13th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Whitelaw Hotel and “the Duke” A Home Away From Home (about 500 feet away); Louise Burrell Miller Residence (about 500 feet away); Washington Afro-American Newspaper Office Building (about 600 feet away); “Contraband” to Community (about 800 feet away); A Magic Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marlon Francisco Morales (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
Also see . . . Edward “Duke” Ellington. DC Cultural Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Entertainment •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.