Duke Ellington’s reputation has increased since his death.
Know Sophie Tucker, know Duke Ellington, know folks I ain’t never heard of.
Alice Walker -- The Color Purple
We danced the jitterbug to Count Basie, the Lindy and the Big Apple to Cab Calloway, and the Half Time Texas Hop to Duke Ellington.
Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Then at one P.M. they played the Apollo theme song, "I Think You’re Wonderful," and the bands would bust loose, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Jordan, Billie Holiday, Billy Eckstine.
James McBride -- The Color of Water
After the news there is the American Armed Forces Network and it’s lovely to hear the American voices easy and cool and here is the music, oh, man, the music of Duke Ellington himself telling me take the A train to where Billie Holiday sings only to me, I can’t give you anything but love, baby.
Frank McCourt -- Angela’s Ashes
Then Duke Ellington’s "Sophisticated Lady" begins to play.
Haruki Murakami -- After Dark
One wave of popularity for black idiom among whites came in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was cool for New Yorkers to go to Harlem to hear jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong but also the hepcat Cab Calloway, who created a ’Jive Talk Dictionary" in song, popularizing expressions such as hip (wise, sophisticated), in the groove (perfect), square (unhip), and chick (girl), or a hip chick (a beautiful girl).
Robert MacNeil and William Crane -- Do You Speak American?