In honor of the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s residency at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club this weekend, here is a modern interpretation of the Duke. Club Des Belugass electro-swing version of Ellington’s iconic “It Don’t Mean a Thing” shows the potency of swing in the modern era and proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it really “Don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”
Jackson Sinnenberg is a Professional, freelance music journalist, who hosts the show American Slang, Fridays 5-6pm. He is a senior studying American Musical Culture and English, this is his 4th year with WGTB.
Jackson is a regular contributor to OnTap Magazine and the Georgetown Voice, he has also contributed pieces for Smithsonian Folkways. He also contributes the Sunday Jazz column for the Rotation.
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