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"Classic Jazz" 

For many years Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong were the perfect examples of jazz.   Any jazz musician worth his salt tried to copy these two.  The style of jazz they played became what is now called  "Classic Jazz."

Duke Ellington Louis Armstrong

  Duke reading a manuscript Louis Armstrong       The "Duke" himself

  Great Bands    Basie, Ellington, Gray, Goodman and more
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