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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by EllroyJames, Aug 10, 2020.
Duke & Dizzy
Dizzy told a great story of Duke's great facility with flattery. Dizzy showed up at a recording session with Ella Fitzgerald and the Ellington Orchestra. He was invited to add an uncredited solo on 'Take The 'A' Train' (it's on Ella Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook). Several months went by after the release of the album, and Dizzy realized he never got paid for the session.
The next time he saw Duke, he brought it up. Duke replied, "Well Dizzy, you know...it's impossible for me to pay you what you're worth!"
Dizzy laughed and said, "All right, Duke...just as long as you pay me!" Eventually, Dizzy did get a check.
Thanks for posting this clip.