Duke Ellington - the 1950's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 227:

Sam Woodyard, who came into the band in 1955, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is a real easy-to-get-along-with type of cat. He doesn't want to outdo or do anybody out of anything. He just wants to be in there, giving with his body, his soul, his mind, his pulse, his instrument, his drums. No crash bang, never overpoweringly loud, volume just where it should be-in there.

When he is playing, he just about has an affair with his drums, an observation that was the inspiration of A Drum Is a Woman. He lives "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," and …   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 227. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429611025859 accessed: 14 June, 2024


Duke Ellington
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drum music performed by Sam Woodyard

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:10:26 +0100
Approved on Wed, 17 May 2017 10:45:32 +0100