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What motivated Duke Ellington to play jazz?

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Duke came from a wealthy black family in Washington D.C. As a boy, he was a somewhat reluctant and lazy piano student, being more interested in sports. However, at aged 15, he heard a young man of his own age playing what he describes as "swinging piano" and this re-awoke his interest in the instrument. He prevailed upon his parents to buy him a player piano and through that medium was able to play along with piano rolls by the great black, jazz piano players like Fats Waller and James P. Johnson. Later, he came to realize that playing music was a great way to both earn a little money and gain the approbation of the female sex. So with some friends, he began a little band and began to play some small gigs in and around the D.C. area. The rest is history.

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first off all aint nobody a jerk for answering a question and duke ellington chose music to let out his insides and because he figured iit out on his own

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I think Duke just played the Piano What he played more instruments than that that's why he was a jazz playing legend.

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