Duke Ellington /Leopold Stokowski

Duke Ellington /Leopold Stokowski

ellington_stowkowski2-300x225So, Maestro Stokowski offered 70 year old Ellington and 65 year-old Armstrong a glass of champagne, and they declined explaining that neither of them drank.  Stokowski’s reply was “you boys are too young to have bad stomachs.” Truth is Ellington and Armstrong were just purist to the music and not the bad habits that others became weak to.  But nothing wrong with an offer from the Maestro.

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