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As a boy, Ellington took piano lessons, though in his autobiography, Music Is My Mistress, he confesses that he did not take to the piano in childhood. He apparently wanted to play baseball. Subsequently, his first job was as a peanut vendor at Washington Senators' games. Ellington's mother played piano and had encouraged his lessons early on, but it was not until his teenage years, when he began hanging out with other high school and college students as well as pool sharks at Frank's Billiards next door to the Howard Theater , that Ellington really focused on his future musical career. He fell in love with the rolling style and the chatty worldliness of the itinerant piano players, whose style he combined with that of the "academic" pianists such as Henry Grant , with whom he studied. Caught up in the dance craze that mushroomed during World War I, Ellington gave up his training in design and an arts scholarship at Armstrong High School to start playing professional piano gigs for parties, dances and clubs. He wrote his first composition at the age of 16. By his early 20s, Ellington had his own four-piece combo, Duke's Serenaders, and was a fixture in the U Street musical scene.


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