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Wynton Marsalis in New York

Wynton Marsalis
Event Unveiling of Duke Ellington Memorial Statue
Ensemble Wynton Marsalis
Date Tuesday, July 1st, 1997
Venue Duke Ellington Statue
Address Duke Ellington Circle
Location New York, NY, United States

The memorial was unveiled under a welcome patch of gray clouds that blocked the scorching sun for the hourlong ceremony at Duke Ellington Circle, renamed two years ago from Frawley Circle, on the northeast corner of Central Park.

There was music by Ellington, including a performance by Wynton Marsalis, and speeches from Mr. Short, Mr. Graham, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, former Mayors Koch and David N. Dinkins and two members of Ellington’s family, his granddaughter Mercedes Ellington, and his sister, Ruth Ellington Boatwright.


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