Zitate von Duke Ellington
Geburtstag: 29. April 1899
Todesdatum: 24. Mai 1974
Andere Namen: Ellington Dyuk
Edward Kennedy „Duke“ Ellington war einer der einflussreichsten amerikanischen Jazzmusiker. Als Pianist war er einer der wichtigsten Neuerer des Stride-Piano. Als Komponist verfasste er annähernd 2000 Kompositionen , von denen bald hundert zu Jazzstandards wurden. Als Bandleader trug er zur Ausprägung des Swing als Bigband-Stil bei.
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„How can anyone expect to be understood unless he presents his thoughts with complete honesty? This situation is unfair because it asks too much of the world. In effect, we say, "I don't dare show you what I am because I don't trust you for a minute but please love me anyway because I so need you to. And, of course, if you don't love me anyway, you're a dirty dog, just as I suspected, so I was right in the first place." Yet, every time God's children have thrown away fear in pursuit of honesty-trying to communicate themselves, understood or not, miracles have happened.“
Program notes for A Concert of Sacred Music http://earshot.org/Events/sacred.html (1965).
At age 66, on being passed over for an award (Pulitzer Prize for music) in 1965, as quoted in The Christian Science Monitor (24 December 1986).
On jazz New York Herald Tribune (9 July 1961).
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„There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind … the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of how it sounds. If it sounds good it's successful; if it doesn't it has failed.“
Where Is Jazz Going? Music Journal (1962) Reproduced in The Duke Ellington Reader, ISBN 978-0-19-509391-9.
„By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.“
Nat Hentoff, At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene (2011).