I love this man’s music. And last February, after hearing a smoking middle school septet (yes, I wrote that correctly) do a superb version of Duke’s Black and Tan Fantasy, I think it’s safe to say Duke’s music will be a long-lasting legacy.
Here’s a vid, a short bio on the man. The gem comes around 2:40. “Every musician in the world has some limitation. There is no musician in the world who has no limitation…. But, the wise players are those who play what they can master.”
He also speaks about how and why he writes, and what circumstances help him write. Probably my favorite Duke tune is East St. Louis Toodle-oo. Something about Bubber Miley/Cootie Williams’s plunger work is just great! Here’s a version.
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- Duke Ellington on Grooveshark (grooveshark.com)
- Tricky Sam Nanton (the78rpmrecordspins.wordpress.com)
- Duke Ellington Week (bloggingtonybennett.com)
- Bubber Miley (the78rpmrecordspins.wordpress.com)
- Duke Ellington and the Harlem Renaissance (bloggingtonybennett.com)
- Google Doodle celebrates birthday of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (independent.co.uk)
- Happy Birthday: Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – 1996) (timbrosnan.wordpress.com)
- Duke Ellington: His Early Years (bloggingtonybennett.com)
- 18 February 1966: Ellington and Ella (newstatesman.com)
- Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra Stormy Weather 1940 (euzicasa.wordpress.com)