Duke Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and described those who impressed him as "beyond category. "He is widely considered one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is the twentieth century's best known band leaders and composers.
Duke Ellington's story on record remains the most commanding legacy in the music, impossible to surpass. Duke Ellington progressed quickly from routine hot-dance records to sophisticated and complex three-minute works which showed a rare grasp of the possibilities of the 78-r.p.m. disc
Duke was handsome, elegant, and well-mannered. His broad appeal transcended racial barriers. As a result, Ellington landed a role in a high-profile short film drama titled Black and Tan in 1929. He appeared in severall more film shorts and in 1930, he was asked to appear with his orchestra in Check and Double Check.
Brilliant musician are well known for bold thinking and expressing themselves through their compositions and writings. Duke Ellington was no exception and this compilation of quotes pays tribute to some of the philosophical and idealogical quotes from one of the twentieth centuries greatest composers.
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