Category Archives: Duke Ellington

The Mellifluous Mr. Brown

More than any other big band, the Duke Ellington Orchestra was a collection of unique and diverse musical personalities. In choosing the men for his band, Ellington picked players with distinctive sounds and approaches to their instruments. Like a great … Continue reading

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Where Have I Heard That Song Before?

Every few years some band or singer is accused of stealing a song. In 2009 guitarist Joe Satriani sued Coldplay, claiming the band plagiarized his song “If I Could Fly” for their hit single “Viva La Vida.” Coldplay denied the … Continue reading

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The Voices of Duke Ellington

“We have been extremely lucky with our singers,” Duke Ellington once wrote. “Each seemed to join us at the right time when what they were doing with songs was just right for the places we were playing.” Not every fan … Continue reading

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Bloggin’ ‘Bout Big Bands

I’ve been meaning to start a blog as a supplement to South Dakota Public Radio’s Big Band Spotlight for some time now. My goal is to post pictures, videos and commentary pertaining to each week’s program. I also plan to … Continue reading

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