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Duke Ellington statue erected in Northwest

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A 20-foot, stainless steel statue of jazz legend Duke Ellington has been installed at plaza in northwest Washington.

(Photo: John Duricka)

The statue, titled "Encore," was placed in Ellington Plaza on Thursday.

It depicts Ellington sitting on a giant treble clef and playing a piano whose keys swirl upward.

The statue is in front of the historic and newly renovated Howard Theatre, which launched Ellington's career.

The 100-year-old theater also gave rise to the careers of Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye.

The statue was created by sculptor Zachary Oxman, a native of the city. Oxman was commissioned to complete the piece by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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