#Spotlight – This week we celebrate the men and women of the music world and their ties to the great sport of Baseball.
Today is Duke Ellington, pictured here with his band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel ("Astor Motel") while touring in Florida.
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Next up is Cab Calloway pictured here with his baseball team from 1939.
Another image from 1937 with both Dizzy Gillespie and Cab Calloway. This picture taken in Milwaukee, WI.
The NLBM and American Jazz Museum combine to show how such stars as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie “Bird” Parker would bring their collective star power and love of baseball to a burgeoning civil rights movement led by Baseball and Jazz.
Background on the NBLM and American Jazz connection.