DUKE ELLINGTON TALKS ABOUT MUSICAL VIEWS
Duke Ellington said in an interview last night that he thought classical and jazz music are now being influenced by each other and may combine to form a single medium.
Far-famed for significant contributions to the world of jazz, the Duke indicated a dislike for songs which "wave the flag," but said that he approved of patriotic songs in principle and was looking for a "real idea."
"No music can be either good or bad," he went on, "we try to play what we feel, and that of course makes it negroid." Ellington said that he was trying to establish an "unadulterated negro music."
His only connection with Harvard so far has been a performance at a Harvard-Dartmouth Ball and an appearance as guest of honor at a Harvard club: "But you know the Duke and Greek letters," said he.