MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

Duke Ellington and the Rise of Jazz in New York


How did Duke Ellington help transform popular American music?

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify the central elements of jazz music
  • Understand the historical impact of jazz on popular American music and culture
  • Become familiar with the particular achievements of Duke Ellington

Essential Questions:

  • How is a community defined?
  • How was the African American community defined?

Produced by CCNMTL, Chase, Teachers College, and CCI