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1. "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."
Author: Abbey Lincoln
2. "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!"
Author: Dave Brubeck
3. "A few years later, my Uncle David took me to the Earle Theatre to hear Duke Ellington."
Author: David Amram
4. "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."
Author: Ed Smith
5. "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."
Author: George Shearing
6. "...he went into the sitting room, put on a Duke Ellington record he had bought after seeing Gene Hackman sitting on the overnight bus in The Conversation to the sound of some fragile piano notes that were the loneliest Harry had ever heard."
Author: Jo Nesbø
7. "Duke Ellington was famous for hs very original harmonic patterns."
Author: Lawrence Welk
8. "If I were to put on Barbra Streisand and Duke Ellington, one might say the combination isn't good."
Author: Norman Granz
9. "When I got through, Duke Ellington stood up and started the applause."
Author: Ruth Brown
10. "I heard Sidney Bechet play a Duke Ellington piece and fell in love with the soprano saxophone."
Author: Steve Lacy
11. "The soldier—that is, the great soldier—of to-day is not a romantic animal, dashing at forlorn hopes, animated by frantic sentiment, full of fancies as to a love-lady or a sovereign; but a quiet, grave man, busied in charts, exact in sums, master of the art of tactics, occupied in trivial detail; thinking, as the Duke of Wellington was said to do, most of the shoes of his soldiers; despising all manner of èclat and eloquence; perhaps, like Count Moltke, ‘silent in seven languages'."
Author: Walter Bagehot
12. "The thing in jazz that will get Bix Beiderbecke out of his bed at two o'clock in the morning, pick that cornet up and practice into the pillow for another two or three hours, or that would make Louis Armstrong travel around the world for fifty plus years non stop, just get up out of his sick bed, crawl up on the bandstand and play, the thing that would make Duke Ellington, the thing that would make Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Mary Lou Williams, the thing that would make all of these people give their lives for this, and they did give their lives, is that it gives us a glimpse into what America is going to be when it becomes itself. And this music tells you that it will become itself. And when you get a taste of that, there's just nothing else you're going to taste that's as sweet."
Author: Wynton Marsalis

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