Lately I’ve been filling my shopping carts with spoken-word material... especially of a historical nature.
And you can’t get more historically worthwhile than Duke Ellington.
I got pieces of a radio interview Ellington recorded around the time of a 1965 performance with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. (Yeah, I know. What was that about?)
I say “pieces” because the questions have been edited out. There are only Ellington’s disconnected answers.
But in the 3-minute segment I’ve uploaded to my Vox blog, Ellington discusses why he, in his mid-sixties, performs so often; how he acquired his nickname; and his early talent for painting.
Just by the sound of his voice, Duke Ellington was one of the coolest people who ever lived. Click here to see what I’m talking about.
More of this 1965 interview is available on a 3-CD Ellington set called “Live and Rare.” It’s downloadable from iTunes.