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Rock to Reggae: 12 Songs That Inspire Lenny Kravitz
sitting on a man's lap while the man played the piano. That pianist, he later learned, was American jazz legend Duke Ellington . These experiences helped shape Lenny as an artist and influence his signature musical style. Now, decades later
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What Do You Know for Sure?
of the greatest surprises of my life: There was a choir singing "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." My friend Duke Ellington , who happened to be in town for a concert, had heard I was alone. So he sent a choir for me. For years this kindness
Tony Bennett's Time in the Army
the stuff you paint it because I only painted watercolors you know mostly just This is in the Smithsonian's. One Duke Ellington now you have a few missed a Sony announced your opponent go with this one really. Brotherhood it's you that was
you know mostly just -- -- This is in the Smithsonian's. One Duke Ellington now you have a few missed a Sony announced your opponent -- go with this one really. -- Brotherhood it's -- you
Opera Singer Denyce Graves
and said you know. You have a lovely voice and there's a performing arts high school in Washington DC called the Duke Ellington school of the of the arts and I think you should consider. You know man. So we got the application and together
and there's a performing arts high school in Washington DC called the Duke Ellington school of the of the arts and I think you should consider. You know -- man. So we got the application and
Good Works Makeover
renovated to their former glory—ushering even more life to this legendary community and enticing new residents to, as Duke Ellington put it, "Take the A Train." Yet, as is often the case with urban renewal, gentrification brings with it higher
Inside the Writer's Mind
learning to listen to the writer's act of listening. Attentiveness doubled. Give and take. Call and response. In Duke Ellington 's sense, the prose swings. The matter communicated literally moves a reader's body and mind. We share what
Singer Tony Bennett
Tony said. "Their spirit is fantastic." Tony says that because of the work of artists like George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and others from that time period, it's easy for him to say there's no better country than America when it comes
What's Playing in Randy Newman's Ear?
the music that animates his downtime. A Study in Frustration: The Fletcher Henderson Story, (Sony): "Before Duke Ellington , there was Fletcher Henderson. He'd have a tuba for a bass, three clarinets, banjo, guitar, pipe organ. His
Art House: Supporting Talented Young Artists of Color
influential Washington arts and education activist who in 1968 cofounded a summer arts workshop that became D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a public high school serving artistic teenagers with limited resources, she is a handsome
Oprah Talks to Quincy Jones
musicians, a family I hoped I could belong to one day. Duke Ellington was the most elegant one. When I saw him, I said ..... Quincy: In the beginning, it was Count Basie and Duke Ellington . Duke had such self-esteem. Later on, it was