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Famous Duke Ellington School Of The Arts Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Duke Ellington School of the Arts and be of some renown.

Famous alumni from Duke Ellington School of the Arts; graduates who have achieved stature in their field. Photos are included in this notable Duke Ellington School of the Arts alumni list. Prominent alums from this institution include celebrities, politicians, business people, and more. This list of distinguished Duke Ellington School of the Arts alumni is loosely ordered by relevance and sortable by column if you need to search by specific criteria. You can also search and filter the list to find a specific person or name. Please note that this directory is not just composed of graduates of this school; you can find any famous people who attended this school for at least a semester here. This list of successful alumni may even include a few celebrities who attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

List is made up of graduates like Dave Chappelle and Meshell Ndegeocello.

This list answers the questions “who are the most famous alumni from Duke Ellington School of the Arts?” and “what is a list of big names that went to Duke Ellington School of the Arts?”

  • David Khari Webber Chappelle (; born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. Chappelle is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Emmy Awards and two Grammy Awards. He is most known for his iconic and acclaimed satirical comedy sketch series Chappelle's Show (2003). The series was also co-written by Neal Brennan, which ran until Chappelle's retirement from the show two years later. After leaving the show, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U.S. By 2006, Chappelle was called the "comic genius of America" by Esquire and, in 2013, "the best" by a Billboard writer. In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him No. 9 in their "50...  more
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Gender: Male
    • Alternative Name: Dave Chappelle

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    Michelle Lynn Johnson, better known as Meshell Ndegeocello (; born August 29, 1968), is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and bassist. She has gone by the name Meshell Suhaila Bashir-Shakur which is used as a writing credit on some of her later work. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and although she has never won a Grammy Award, she has been nominated ten times. She has been credited for helping to have "sparked the neo-soul movement."...  more
    • Profession: Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Gender: Female

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    Mary Bozana Timony (born October 17, 1970) is an American independent singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and violist. She has been a member of the bands Helium, Autoclave and Wild Flag, and currently fronts Ex Hex. Timony's music is often heavy and dark, frequently using drones, beats, and modal melodies reminiscent of European Medieval music. She uses a number of alternate guitar tunings, most prominent of which is DADGAE....  more
    • Profession: Guitarist, Singer
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
    • Gender: Female
  • Johnny Gill Jr. (born May 22, 1966), also known as J.G., J. Skillz and Johnny G, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Gill is the sixth and final member of the R&B/pop group New Edition, and was also a member of the supergroup called LSG, with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat....  more
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Gender: Male