Duke Ellington Love Quotes and Sayings
1. Love is indescribable and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but not one that it is.
2. Love is supreme and unconditional. Like is nice, but limited.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an African-American composer, pianist, and band leader.
Duke Ellington was known as one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. His reputation increased when he died, and he received a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Ellington called his music “American Music” rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as “beyond category.” These included many of the musicians who served with his orchestra, some of whom were considered among the giants of jazz and performed with Ellington’s orchestra for decades. While many were noteworthy in their own right, it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known orchestral units in the history of jazz.
He often composed specifically for the style and skills of these individuals, such as “Jeep’s Blues” for Johnny Hodges, “Concerto for Cootie” (“Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me“) for Cootie Williams and “The Mooche” for Tricky Sam Nanton. He also recorded songs written by his bandsmen, such as Juan Tizol’s “Caravan” and “Perdido” which brought the “Spanish Tinge” to big-band jazz. After 1941, he frequently collaborated with composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn, whom he called his alter-ego.
One of the 20th century’s best-known artists, Ellington recorded for many American record companies, and appeared in several films. Ellington and his orchestra toured the United States and Europe regularly before and after World War II. Ellington led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974.
His son Mercer Ellington took over the band until his death from cancer in 1996. Paul Ellington, Mercer’s youngest son, took over the Orchestra from there and after his mother’s passing took over the Estate of Duke and Mercer Ellington.
Duke Ellington – It don’t mean a thing (1943)
1. A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
2. 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.
3. Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
4. There are two kinds of worries – those you can do something about and those you can’t. Don’t spend any time on the latter.
5. There are 2 rules in life:
Number 1 – Never quit.
Number 2 – Never forget rule number 1.