[JPL] Hey, can you spare a Duke quarter?

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Wed Jan 28 21:30:14 EST 2009

The District of Columbia quarter is the first of 2009 and the first in 
the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program. The 
District of Columbia, created in 1790, became the Nation's capital on 
December 1, 1800. The 10-square-mile site, originally part of Maryland 
and Virginia, was chosen personally by President George Washington to 
fulfill the need for a new Federal district that would not be part of 
any state. The District of Columbia quarter reverse features native son 
Duke Ellington, the internationally renowned composer and musician, 
seated at a grand piano with the inscriptions, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 
DUKE ELLINGTON and JUSTICE FOR ALL, the District's motto.

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born into a middle-class family in 
Washington, D.C., in 1899, and started piano lessons at the age of 
seven. He lived in Washington until 1923, when he moved to New York 
City. He began performing professionally at the age of 17, and once he 
arrived in New York, started playing in Broadway nightclubs and 
eventually led his own band. Ellington made hundreds of recordings -- 
some with John Coltrane, Billy Strayhorn, Louis Armstrong and Ella 
Fitzgerald -- making him famous worldwide. Throughout his 50-year 
career, he returned often to Washington to perform, frequently staying 
at the Whitelaw Hotel located in his boyhood neighborhood in Washington. 
Throughout his life, he received numerous awards and honors, including 
multiple Grammy® awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 in 
honor of his ability to carry the message of freedom to all the Nations 
of the world through his gift of music and understanding.

The District of Columbia Quarter Design Advisory Committee, established 
by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, solicited and reviewed reverse design concepts 
from the public, narrowing more than 300 down to three, which were sent 
to the United States Mint for final artistic renderings. The three 
concepts each included an individual from a different century: Duke 
Ellington; Benjamin Banneker, who assisted with the original D.C. 
boundary survey; and Frederick Douglass, the renowned abolitionist and 
statesman. The artistic renderings were then proposed to the District, 
and the Duke Ellington design was recommended through a public vote, 
with the Secretary of the Treasury approving the design on July 31, 2008.


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