Thus Endeth Jazz

At times it becomes extremely hard to believe in the future of the music I love best.

Jordan Peele voices the Ghost of Duke Ellington in Big Mouth:


(Duke’s entrance is 34 seconds in.)

It’s all pretty offensive in a simian sort of way, but the terrible scatting/music cue really pushes all my buttons. If I were in charge of Ellington’s estate I’d be looking for a way to block this character.

(Get Out is a masterpiece, but: C’mon, Peele! You don’t have to like jazz, but you don’t have to hurt it, either.)

{Related DTM: Reverential Gesture. Related New Yorker Culture Desk: Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, and One Night in New York City.]