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Remembering Mercer Ellington.

We remember band leader and composer Mercer Ellington, the son of Duke Ellington. He perpetuated the big band tradition his father made famous as head of the Duke Ellington Band. When he was a young man, Mercer Ellington had hoped to break into his father's band on the saxophone. But after years of frustration, he could see that he would never crack the legendary Ellington reed section. He finally was accepted as a trombone player and later played french horn and trumpet. With the death of his father in 1974, Mercer Ellington took over his father's orchestra. (REBROADCAST from 5/3/89)

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Other segments from the episode on February 9, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 9, 1996: Obituary for Mercer Ellington; Interview with Ellen DeGeneres; Interview with Bill Pullman; Review of the film "Broken Arrow."

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