Tag Archives: Duke Ellington

Happy belated birthday to Satchmo

August 4 was Louis Armstrong’s 113rd birthday. Can’t believe I missed it. Here he is, keeping it really real. With an assist from Duke Ellington.

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Duke Ellington- Work Song

Jazz Fest, the New Orleans musical and food spectacle, starts this weekend. To honor all the fun we’re missing here is Duke Ellington and his band of merry gentlemen.  

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Duke Ellington- Ko-Ko

The Duke Ellington Orchestra making the gods swing with Ko-K0.  

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Duke Ellington- (All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings

Terry Teachout’s new biography on Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington is out. Ages ago I wasted a lot of time jabbering about Ellington’s importance. Called him an important figure in American music. Colleagues were polite, listened, but moved on. How can … Continue reading

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Here I is!

Give me a few days to get things the way they should be. However, this my new home. Enjoy Mr. Strayhorn, the master.

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Los Lobos – Kiko and the Lavender Moon

What a video! What a song! What a group! I could be the only black man in America who likes them but I don’t care. These gentlemen from East LA are a band of the highest order. Duke Ellington would … Continue reading

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