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Duke Ellington

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”Duke Ellington

Seventy-five years have passed since jazz composer Duke Ellington’s heyday, but his timeless tunes haven’t lost that “thing” that made them swing. During his 50-year career, Ellington wrote classics such as “Caravan,” “Daydream,” “I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart,” and “In A Sentimental Mood.” These compositions were embraced by scores of fans and ensured Ellington a place in musical history.
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George Gershwin

“True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.”George Gershwin

A simple twist of fate was all it took for George Gershwin to discover the talent that made him a legend. Destiny came knocking when George’s parents purchased a piano for his older brother, Ira, who expressed an interest in learning to play. But to everyone’s surprise, it was George who had a natural gift for the instrument and the youngster was soon playing by ear. By the age of 12, George had become quite proficient and was on the road to becoming one of the world’s most famous composers.
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Cole Porter

“Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it, let’s fall in love.”Cole Porter

Everyone was doin’ it in the 1930’s - falling in love with Cole Porter’s music. Throughout the decade, the composer beguiled the American public with hits such as “Night and Day,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” Few could match his songwriting abilities and Porter set new standards, which even today’s composers still aspire to.
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Fats Waller

“You get that right-tickin’ rhythm, man, and it’s ON!”Fats Waller

From the time composer/musician Fats Waller was a little kid playing organ in church, he knew his fingers were made for a divine purpose. His daddy, who was a Baptist preacher, believed that purpose was to make music for God. However Waller had something else in mind - jazz!
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