Duke Ellington was an illustrious American pianist, bandleader of a jazz orchestra and composer whose career spanned approximately five decades. He is considered to be one of the most prolific performers and eminent jazz composers of his time. A number of his musical compositions on instruments served as benchmarks for budding artists and were later adapted in several songs. The excellence of this remarkable artist was exhibited in his classical compositions and film scores. He preferred to call his music ‘American Music’ instead of jazz. He gained popularity by the name ‘Duke’ which was given to him by his childhood friends as he was very well-behaved and gracious. Take a look at the famous quotes and sayings by Duke Ellington which have been extracted from the vast sea of his work, thoughts and life. Zoom through the quotes and thoughts by Duke Ellington that will make you tap your feet.
If you have a great band with a mediocre drummer, you have a mediocre band. If you have a mediocre band with a great drummer, you have a great band!
New York is a place where the rich walk, the poor drive Cadillac's, and the beggars die of malnutrition with thousands of dollars hidden in their mattresses.
Tomorrow is in the wings waiting for you to sound her entrance fanfare.
Critics have their purposes, and they're supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what they did.
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.
Selfishness can be a virtue. Selfishness is essential to survival, and without survival we cannot protect those whom we love more than ourselves.