"When jazz and baseball were perfect"

Apr 4, 2014

Duke Ellington and band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel ("Astor Motel") while touring in Florida.
Credit Charlotte Brooks, LOOK magazine / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Batter up! It's Opening Day in Denver - a perfect time for this fascinating article from Smithsonian magazine. It highlights the similarities between baseball and jazz - they both involve swing - and the importance of baseball to many of the touring jazz bands. We recommend the entire article, which can be found here

This home movie ([Harry Carney Home Movies], Ruth Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History) shows Duke Ellington and his cornetist Rex Stewart enjoying a friendly game.