In “The City of Jazz,” one cannot turn around without encountering great legacy. Danny Barker speaks of the potency of Duke Ellington as if it was a force beyond the material world from which future generations will forever draw inspiration.
Who can say where music lives? Being sound, it is matter and yet; music contains intangible qualities at its heart that compels ever to greatness in whatever the Jazz man, or Jazz woman, does.
Dear reader, on the eve of Edward 'Duke' Ellington's 110th birthday, I am chastened to say that I couldn't give to this posting the attention that I feel it deserves. (I have been feverishly preparing for the 4th Annual “Why Not Call It Music” Festival.)
There will be updates; I invite you to check back as the week unfolds and certainly by next week, there will be something here of interest to the Jazz Citizen.
I will close by stating my admiration for a man who has accomplished greatness in our time. This past week-end, at the 40th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Wynton Marsalis performed his own composition “Congo Square” on Friday, April 24th 2009. While I was not in attendance, the raves that followed were heard all over town. The following day, I did catch the first four pieces in Ellington's “New Orleans Suite” which the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra rendered potently and heartfully, under the direction of Wynton.
I could say so, so... much about Wynton – perhaps little of which would be considered relevant. One thing is undeniable, he has done and is doing what Danny said that he would do: “Carry on.”
Thank you for your attention. I look forward to your continued support as I carry on with whatever I can do, with Danny as my guide.
Peace & Pops,
Maison Musique, New Orleans
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"Why not call it... music?" - Charlie Parker