Here are my tribute pages to various artists:
, the "Prince of Pop"Frankie Manning
has been one of the most important forces behind the development and dissemination of the lindy hop. He is credited with many influential and lasting innovations to this truly American art form, including the creation of the lindy air step and synchronized ensemble lindy routine, both of which helped catapult the dance from ballroom to stage and screen.Nat King Cole
was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres.Duke Ellington
called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category. He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered as one of the twentieth century's best known African American personalites. As both a composer and a band leader, Ellington's reputation has increased since his death, with thematic repackagings of his signature music often becoming best-sellers. Posthumous recognition of his work include a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.