Who Cares About Duke Ellington’s Birthday

From scuffling musician, already trying out new orchestral textures with his first group in 1924:

to star bandleader at New York’s hottest hotspot The Cotton Club,

and Swing Era icon,

as well as a composer who changed the way jazz was played, heard…

and even defined:

Duke Ellington would have turned 113 years old today. Somehow it seems like a very small footnote to the music he continues to make.

Next Sunday we’ll resume ‘Sundays with Vivaldi,’ but I’d like to think one great composer would want to celebrate the birth of another.

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