Duke Ellington - between early 20th Century and mid 20th Century

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 437:

The blues were worldly songs, but the gospel songs and spirituals of the black churches were also an important element from the beginning, for the way they were sung, with soulfulness and great enthusiasm, made an unforgettable impression on most jazz musicians when they were young. If you compare records by Bessie Smith and the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, you will see that despite the difference in what they sang, there is a similarity in the way they sang, and that there is a joint relationship with early forms of jazz expression. The fervor and warmth of gospel music were often …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 437. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1430226710867 accessed: 23 July, 2024


Duke Ellington
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Female Gospel Singing performed by Mahalia Jackson
hot jazz performed by Bessie Smith

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Date/Time between early 20th Century and mid 20th Century
Medium playback
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:11:51 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:05:48 +0100