Throughout the 2023–2024 season, the Kennedy Center commemorates Duke Ellington’s 125
birthday with institution-wide celebrations of the American icon who changed how the world
heard music. An outstanding musician, charismatic band leader, and prolific composer, the
Washington, D.C. native was an innovator across an expansive and eclectic range of styles…from
pop and theatrical to swing, fusion, and beyond. See what’s coming and join the party!