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Duke Ellington Quotes

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
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I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever
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When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew
A year from now you'll wish you started today
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You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely
A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future
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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
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Gray skies are just clouds passing over  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Jazz is a good barometer of freedom  (Duke Ellington Quotes) I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline!  (Duke Ellington Quotes) [Prince] could very well be the Duke Ellington of Rock ‘n’ Roll  (Duke Ellington Quotes) You’ve got to find a way of saying it without saying it  (Duke Ellington Quotes) A problem is a chance for you to do your best  (Duke Ellington Quotes) A man is a God in ruins  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Dancing is very important to people who play music with a beat. I think that people who don’t dance, or who never did dance, don’t really understand the beat... I know musicians who don’t and never did dance, and they have difficulty communicating  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Critics have their purposes, and they’re supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what they did.  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Critics get a little carried away with what someone should have done, rather than what he did  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be too famous too young.  (Duke Ellington Quotes) I especially like Duke Ellington jazz, which is a little more... I lived in New York for a while. I lived in Harlem for a bit, and I just fell in love with the idea of that era of New York, that jazz era, especially jazz in Harlem  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Do you think Duke Ellington didn’t listen to Debussy? Louis Armstrong loved opera, did you know that? Name me a jazz pianist who wasn’t influenced by European music!  (Duke Ellington Quotes) San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world - one of the really urbane communities in the United States - one of the truly cosmopolitan places and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world  (Duke Ellington Quotes) I began by tinkering around with some old tunes I knew. Then, just to try something different, I set to putting some music to the rhythm that I used in jerking ice-cream sodas at the Poodle Dog. I fooled around with the tune more and more until at last, lo and behold, I had completed my first piece of finished music  (Duke Ellington Quotes) At least one day out of the year all musicans should just put their instruments down, and give thanks to Duke Ellington.  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Put it this way: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom... In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country  (Duke Ellington Quotes) You know, I always when people ask me, like, what is my most favorite song, I quote Duke Ellington, when they would ask him, what’s his favorite composition? And I say, I haven’t written it yet. Because, you know, there are different songs for different occasions  (Duke Ellington Quotes) There are only two things: love, all sorts of love, with pretty girls, and the music of New Orleans or Duke Ellington. Everything else ought to go, because everything else is ugly  (Duke Ellington Quotes) I think it was Duke Ellington who once said that we’re always most pleased with our current record. I mean, you have to assume that you learn from one, and you do something better next time  (Duke Ellington Quotes) So I’m a young boy in the 1940s growing up, seeing Ralph Bunche on a regular basis, seeing Duke Ellington on a regular basis. We know that these people are famous. They’re living in the same community as we live in. They go to the same stores and shops  (Duke Ellington Quotes) By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Duke Ellington always had a style: original, clean with interesting color combinations. He had an artist’s eye.  (Duke Ellington Quotes) As for my band, well, my mentors were Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, and no one had a band more smartly dressed than Duke.  (Duke Ellington Quotes) I do very few standards. Hardly any. Other people’s tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes, for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington tunes that are well known.  (Duke Ellington Quotes) It’s a spirit that was given me and the relationships and meeting all these great people, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong; through Max I met a lot of people too. My first album was with Benny Carter.  (Duke Ellington Quotes) Quincy Jones’ autobiography ‘Q’ is very good. Because he’s a master at music, he’s one of our greatest composers, and its good for him to have a book and tell the good ole days when he was with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan and Ray Charles.  (Duke Ellington Quotes) The Metropole Orchestra is like Count Basie or Duke Ellington with strings... it’s strings that swing. Strings that swing like Dizzy Gillespie... keep swinging, baby. And when you have all of that special excellence of the Metropole Orchestra, then your music just flies - it soars in a way that’s really magical.  (Duke Ellington Quotes)
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