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This is the grave of Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet. Born in 1922 in Louisiana, Jacquet and his parents moved to Houston when he was young. His father was a bandleader, though he didn’t make enough at it to not have to work otherwise. So Jacquet grew up around music and he and his brothers played in […]
This is the grave of Duke Ellington. Born in 1899 to a pair of pianists in Washington, Edward Kennedy Ellington followed his parents to the piano from a young age. Although he was more interested in baseball as a child and worked for awhile selling peanuts at Senators games, he also began composing music. While […]
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