Eve Duke (91) was born in Washington, D.C. She is a Jazz musician, who played with Duke Ellington. Duke entertains residents at seniors home. Eve Duke recorded with Ellington in 1950 under the name Yvonne Lanauze. She made a name for herself as a jazz singer and struck it big when the legendary pianist Duke Ellington recruited her for his orchestra.

Duke has lived at Providence Health Care’s St. Vincent’s Langara residential care home for the past year. Music therapy is Duke’s favourite program. No wonder, considering her distinguished career as a jazz singer and pianist and most notably as a protégé of renowned band leader and musician Duke Ellington (no relation).

“I had the pleasure to sing with Duke Ellington and his band for three years. He was intelligent and very kind — a great gentleman — and I learned a lot from him,” said Eve.