How to play the piano

Edward Kennedy Ellington (1899-1974) is probably best known as the leader of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which he was for almost fifty years.  Not so well known was his prodigious talent as a piano player.
Here he is with a superbly inventive version of what became his ‘signature’ tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHRbEhLj540

Another fine display alongside two other very good piano players, Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and Billy Taylor-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCug5HG9jLg

And here with two more ‘giants’ of jazz, Ellington shows why he should be regarded as the greatest musician in the history of jazz-

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3 comments for “How to play the piano

  1. dearieme
    January 28, 2011 at 20:22

    And yet Teagarden thought him overrated.

  2. January 28, 2011 at 22:21

    I wouldn’t mind being able to play like that.

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