Welcome to week #5 of the Saturday Morning Shuffle! This week we are sharing some history on the artist from last week’s Track 1, and we have 3 new clips for you to guess!
Last week we played clips from these artists. Track 1: Take the A Train by Duke Ellington, Track 2: Till the end of Time by Perry Como, and Track 3: A String of Pearls by Glenn Miller.
You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it ~ Duke Ellington
That quote from Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) says it all. Listening to Moon Mist or Mr. J.B. Blues makes me feel like he is talking to me through the dancing piano keys, the walking bass tones, and whispering snare drum. When I close my eyes and drift into the sound I feel there is something secret and wonderful that he is trying to whisper to me between beats of every measure.
Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and big band leader who wrote over 1,000 compositions. According to The Boston Globe “In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Edward Kennedy Ellington.”
As one of the pillars of jazz, his music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. Ellington called his music “American Music” rather than jazz. Ellington led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974. His son Mercer Ellington, who had already been handling all administrative aspects of his father’s business for several decades, led the band until his own death in 1996. At that point, the original band dissolved. Paul Ellington, Mercer’s youngest son and executor of the Duke Ellington estate, kept the Duke Ellington Orchestra going from Mercer’s death onwards.
Now Let’s Play!
If you need to know the rules, just check out Saturday Morning Shuffle #1. Place your guess by commenting below!
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Here are the tracks for week #5:
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