Charles Henry “Spinky” Alston was a black artist of the Harlem Renaissance. It was “Spinky” Alston who designed the album covers for jazz musician Duke…

Jazz is more than a musical genre.  It’s a way of life.  Duke Ellington was not only a jazz pioneer but he also had a huge impact on street style.  “The Duke” was known for dressing impeccably.  His clean cut image encouraged men, especially African American men, to follow suit (pun intended).  Enjoy these photos […]

Edward Kennedy “Duke“ Ellington, arguably America’s greatest composer, bandleader and recording artist, was born in Washington, D.C. before the turn of the century on April 29 in 1899. During his 50-plus year career, Ellington composed thousands of songs for the stage, screen and composition book, according to Some of his notable songs include, “It don’t mean a […]

jive (origin unknown) – 1. the jargon of jazz musicians or enthusiasts. 2. deceptive, nonsensical or glib talk. 3. to play or dance to jive music.