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Duke Ellington in Buffalo, NY – 1943

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Duke Ellington in Buffalo, NY - 1943On Friday, February 19, 1943, the 22nd annual University of Buffalo Junior Prom took place at the Hotel Statler main ballroom in downtown Buffalo, NY.

Duke Ellington and his orchestra were the musical entertainment for the event.

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. In 1943, he was one of the most popular musicians of the day.

At the time, he was considered the most outstanding musical figure to ever appear at the U.B. prom.

Due to war time conditions and a travel ban on pleasure driving, formal dress for the prom was optional.

For details, see “Duke Ellington To Play For Jr Prom” Buffalo Bee, 29 January 1943. and “Memorable Jr. Prom Features Queen, Duke” Buffalo Bee, 26 February 1943.

The Buffalo Bee is a part of the University at Buffalo Student Newspapers, 1921-1950 digital collection.

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