On This Day, December 28

On December 28, 1954, the Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, who will go on to star in such movies as Malcolm X and Training Day, is born in Mount Vernon, New York. In 2002, for his performance as a corrupt cop in Training Day, Washington became the first black man to win the Best Actor Academy Award since 1964, when Sidney Poitier received the award for Lilies of the Field. Click here for more information and filmography on Denzel Washington. Find Denzel Washington at the library and on hoopla.



Ellington cuts Flamingo with vocalist Herb Jeffries, Chicago, December 28, 1940. Other Charts recorded include Sidewalks of New York and The Girl in My Dreams.

Trumpet: Wallace Jones, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart
Trombones: Joe Nanton, Juam Tizol, Lawrence Brown
Reeds: Barney Bigard (cl), Otto Hardwick (as), Johnny Hodges(as), Ben Webster (ts), Harry Carney (bs)
Rhythm: Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Jimmy Blanton (b), Sonny Greer (d) 

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