The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 210
Today in my playlist one of the greatest masterpieces of Duke Ellington, the East St. Louis Toodle-Oo, in a recording from 1956, one of the smoothest versions around. Now- serious jazz on the Legends of the Rocking Dutchman? Well, kinda sorta. The Toodle-Oo goes back to 1927 and it was a showcase for the genius trumpeter Bubber Miley and trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton to show their antics on their horns. With that, they gave the orchestra of the Duke the fame to be the dirtiest sounding band around.
The Cotton Club where they played had the most awkward kind of segregation that you can think of, with a whites only policy at the main door and blacks only at the artists entrance - be it musicians, entertainers or stage dancers. Just imagine the sensation the Duke brought in there! The story of the influence of African-American music on our nowadays music goes with the classics of blues, the masterpieces of jazz as much as with the obscure ditties that were nearly forgot.
And besides - great music is never out of style.