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Duke Ellington Quotes

Birth Date: 1899-04-29 (Saturday, April 29th, 1899)
Date of Death: 1974-05-24 (Friday, May 24th, 1974)


duke ellington life timeline

Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.Sunday, January 19th, 1812
Napoleonic Wars: Peninsular WarBattle of SalamancaBritish forces led by Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) defeat French troops near Salamanca, Spain.Wednesday, July 22nd, 1812
Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.Saturday, January 23rd, 1943


    • It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing).
    • Playing 'Bop' is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.
    • It's like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something.
    • Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.
    • 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.
    • If it sounds good, it IS good.
    • There's two kinds of music: good and bad. I like both.
    • A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
    • Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
    • By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
    • 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.
    • Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
    • I am a bandleader and I am a composer. I am not a teacher.
    • I don't believe in categories of any kind, and when you speak of problems between blacks and whites in the U.S.A. you are referring to categories again.
    • I don't pursue anything. The only thing I always answer is my own impulse.
    • I like any and all of my associations with music- writing, playing, and listening. We write and play from our perspective, and the audience listens from its perspective. If and when we agree, I am lucky.
    • I live with music.
    • I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
    • I'm a telephone freak, the greatest invention since peanut brittle.
    • I'm the world's worst disciplinarian. There's too much responsibility in being a leader! You have to have the dignity and authority of a leader, and that's all so heavy!
    • Love is indescribable and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but not one that it is. Either you have it or you haven't; there's no proof of it.
    • Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.
    • My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.
    • My biggest kick in music-playing or writing-is when I have a problem. Without a problem to solve, how much interest do you take in anything?
    • Now I can say loudly and openly what I have been saying to myself on my knees.
    • Self-discipline, as a virtue or an acquired asset, can be invaluable to anyone.
    • The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
    • There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.
    • There is no art when one does something without intention.
    • You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it.
    • Jazz is music-Swing is business.
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