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Old 6th February 2020
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Originally Posted by elegentdrum View Post
Duke Ellington was at my house as a kid. He used the word Jazz and Swing then, but this was late 60's.

My father was a Big band leader, he called it Swing. Jazz was a term confined to bands smaller than 12 pieces. At 18 pieces you have a big band and Swing.
I think that Duke Ellington was the classiest guy in Jazz; I doubt he would ever have used words in a way to hurt or offend. My point was that in the '20s Jazz was a new term that some etymologist believe came from any case it was certainly not a term coined by the jazz men themselves. I always taught my kids that there are no bad words, just bad ways to use them.

(Very cool that the Duke came to your house, BTW)