Quote of the Day – Duke Ellington on Freedom of Expression

Today is Duke Ellington’s birthday. He’s got a couple of really great quotes and some great song lyrics, but this one really struck me as something which captured who he was and what he meant to the world of music. Enjoy. 🙂

Jazz is a good barometer of freedom. In its beginnings, the United States spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free, that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country. – Duke Ellington

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