This is the definitive beginning of my non-political anniversary year. For me, there won’t be 1914, 1939, 1944, or 1989 in the center of interest.
— No, on the contrary: This blog will feature a load of short articles ’round America’s greatest, most creative composer besides Ives, Gershwin, Copland, Monk & Cage:
About Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington.
Sir Duke, the last of the “Eight Veils” has been removed by Billy Strayhorn & Cat Anderson:
It’s all about “Women, Women, Women”, as Ray Nance crooned & blew it in this bitty-ditty, this (almost!) forgotten blues, right?
… It’s all so clear what you wanted us to see:
…Duke, you’re my man!
As a fellow composer, I wanna thank you, Duke, for all the inspiration, for all those (musical) mysteries you’ve left us to solve.
Cheers, ever young man Ellington, cheers to all the Ladies, above all, heartfelt thanks to “The Lady Of The Lavender Mist”, whoever she was.
Let’s all invite her to dance your “Progressive Gavotte” with us.
May they keep on keeping on inspiring us, women & men of (jazz) music!