Duke Ellington QuotesEdward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than six decades.Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the 1930s, his orchestra toured in Europe.
If anybody was Mr. Jazz it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, an American original. … I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. … I don’t need time, I need a deadline. …There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind. … Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.