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Not 1, Not 2, But 3 Grammy Awards + 1 Nomination for the Ellington Community! 

Simply Incredible. Simply Ellington.

Congratulations to Ellington Alum Tanya Blount Trotter who was nominated for a GRAMMY, along with her husband, Michael Trotter Jr., for "The War and Treaty Show." Did you know that their song "Ain't No Harmin' Me" popped on Obama's summer playlist? Read more here at Rolling Stone.Photo: The Trotters perform during the 2023 Let Freedom Sing! Music City on July 4 in Nashville. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Congratulations to the Executive Director of the Stax Music Academy, Isaac Daniel Jr.! Mr. Daniel is the son of Ellington Assistant Principal and Instrumental Music Chair, Isaac Daniel and clearly takes after his father! Isaac worked as a recording engineer on The Count Basie Orchestra’s, Basie Swings The Blues, which won a GRAMMY for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album at the recent 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Congratulations to Ellington Alum Meshell Ndegeocello, who is shown here accepting her GRAMMY for Best Alternative Jazz Album 'The Omnichord Real Book' onstage during the 66th GRAMMY Awards. Photo: AMY SUSSMAN/GETTY IMAGES

Congratulations to Alum Dave Chappelle (Theatre, Class of 1992) for his latest GRAMMY award for Best Comedy Album. The album was filmed right here at Duke Ellington School of the Arts for a speech he made defending artistic expression. Read more here.


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