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1927:

Duke Ellington Columbia Added: 2008-06-26 Irving Mills gets Ellington a recording contract with Columbia. Resulting sides can be found on the set The Okeh Ellington on the Columbia label. Notable selections include “Black and Tan Fantasy” and “East St. Louis Toodle-oo”. People like Ellington's music at this time primarily for Bubber Miley's freaky trumpet style.
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