Duke Ellington - the 1920's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 125:

Bubber Miley was from the body and soul of Soulsville. He was raised on soul and saturated and marinated in soul. Every note he played was soul filled with the pulse of compulsion. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing was his credo. Before he played his choruses, he would tell his story, and he always had a story for his music, such as: "This is an old man, tired from working in the field since sunup, coming up the road in the sunset on his way home to dinner. He's tired but strong, and humming in time with his broken gait--or vice versa." That was how he pictured "East St. Louis …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 125. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429303469197 accessed: 15 August, 2022

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Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]
1899-1974

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'East St Louis Toodle-oo' performed by Bubber Miley

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:44:29 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:31:51 +0100