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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."
The Europeans who went to Africa came back with "modern' art. What is more African than a Picasso?

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.
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.
We aren't worried about posterity; we want it to sound good right now.
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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