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Duke Ellington
(1899-1974) born on
Apr 29
US bandleader, songwriter. He was an outstanding jazz personality who wrote over 5000 original works, e.g., "Take the 'A' Train."
         
   
F
The Europeans who went to Africa came back with "modern' art. What is more African than a Picasso?

R
Roaming through the jungle of "oohs" and "ahs," searching for a more agreeable noise, I live a life of primitivity with the mind of a child and an unquenchable thirst for sharps and flats.
A
The common root, of course, comes out of Africa. That's the pulse.The African pulse. It's all the way back from . . . the old slave chants and up through the blues, the jazz, and up through rock. And it's all got the African pulse.
N
We aren't worried about posterity; we want it to sound good right now.
K
Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Music is My Mistress," 1973.
R: Music Is My Mistress," Doubleday 73
A: In "Jazz Anecdotes," by Bill Crow, 1990.
N: In "The Fourth 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said," ed. Robert Byrne, 1990.
K: On being passed over for Pulitzer Prize in 1965; in "Christian Science Monitor," 24 Dec 86
   


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