Duke Ellington- It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

Duke Ellington: Making a Lady of Jazz

Episode 5

Episode date - April 16, 2021

How Music Changed

    Throughout the ‘20s, jazz music was seen as an untamed and unsophisticated musical style, lacking the decorum and seriousness of the European-based classical styles that preceded it.

    Duke Ellington was the perfect musician to throw off this yoke. Ever the gentlemen, Ellington brought a significant sense of class to his productions, and it quickly became obvious that in his hands, jazz could be every bit as sophisticated as its precedents.

    This became even more obvious when Ellington started to compose songs in a longer form that required a 12 inch 78. Until this point, 12 inch records were almost exclusively dedicated to classical artists, so in a manner both subtle and pointed, Ellington introduced jazz as a serious form fully worthy of the same respect that until now had been relegated solely to classical music.

    Featured tracks include:

    Creole Rhapsody (extended version) Part 1

    Creole Rhapsody (extended version) Part 2

    Echoes of the Jungle

    It’s Glory

    The Mystery Song

    Moon Over Dixie

    It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

    Mood Indigo/Hot and Bothered/Creole Love Call

    East St. Louis Toodle-oo/Lot o’ Fingers/Black and Tan Fantasy 

    Channel 27 - Duke Ellington