Duke Ellington

FRIDAY, January 17, 2020

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)…

He lived from 1899 to 1974, but there are not a lot of modern recordings with stereo sound. Satin Doll was one of his most famous compositions, written in combination with Billy Strayhorn and remains and incredibly popular standard to this very day.

Satin Doll…

Ellington is another talented music who was not taught how to read music…

He did not learn to read music until his late teens. But he certainly made up for it later. The phenomena of pianists growing up without reading music became more and more frequent in the 20th century and continues today.

Take the A Train…

6 thoughts on “Duke Ellington

  1. It’s music I grew up with when my parents visited friends and they put on music. (No babysitters, I guess). Brings back the same light atmosphere.

    I like “Take the A Train”. I was curious about the title. Apparently it was a new subway at the time. The composer was told how to reach Ellington, the instructions started “Take the A Train” so he wrote a composition with that title. 😀

  2. Duke Ellington is one of my favorite jazz musicians ever having created some of my favorite jazz pieces. I particularly love the piece caravan which really instilled my love for jazz and is even used in Whiplash which is one of my favorite movies of all time. Stevie Wonder even named a song after him. What’s not to love.

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