“Blues in Orbit” – Duke Ellington & His Award Winners (1959)

On this anniversary of his 1899 birth, take a musical stroll across the orchestral stratosphere then tiptoe through a small combo of bon mots from Duke Ellington:

“There is nothing to keeping a band together. You simply have to have a gimmick, and the gimmick I use is to pay them money!”

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line.”

“What would you be without music? Music is everything. Nature is music  –  cicadas in the tropical night. The sea is music, the wind is music. The rain drumming on the roof and the storm raging in the sky are music. Music is the oldest entity. The scope of music is immense and infinite. It is the esperanto of the world.”

“A goal is a dream with a finish line.”

Edward Kennedy Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)

About Suzanne

Suzanne touts an MFA from Southern Methodist University, an Online Marketing specialization from more than 8 years of heavy lifting, an honorary "best mommy" award from her son Zen and a NYC triathlete completion certificate. She is a women's rights activist and humanitarian, believing in equal rights for everyone.
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