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by Douglas Groothuis
Duke Ellington's music can be enjoyed on many levels by many people. The simple lover of good music can revel in his more memorable tunes--snap their fingers or dance to Take the A-Train," Perdido" or It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing." Or they may pause reflectively while listening to Mood Indigo." They might watch video performances and delight in Duke's sly smile, ever-hip demeanor, and way with spoken words. The jazz aficionado, such as myself, ...read more