"An important contribution to the preservation of the timeless music from the songbook of the great Duke Ellington... rooted in the past, but of the present moment." -Roland Stone, Accent on Tampa Bay, New Releases Off the
Beaten Path

"If you're expecting an Ellington wannabe outfit, forget it. Legacy is not into ghosting Duke's music, but performs songs he made famous with new arrangements and a modern, exciting, slightly Bopish sound." Bob Reny, International Association of Jazz Record Collectors "This band breathes new life into Duke Ellington's treasured, voluminous canon." -Joseph Blake, Times Colonist, Canada

"...sounds as classic as the day Duke Ellington gave his music birth, while still sounding like a contemporary jazz band...one fine album that transcends time and musical tastes." -Susan Frances, Jazzreview.com

"A fine addition to the legacy of masterful Ellington efforts." -Ron Wynn, the City Paper, Nashville's Daily News

"They keep the Duke's music flowing." -O's Place, Jazz Newsletter

"....one of the most enjoyably swinging and richly varied albums I've heard in a while. Now, why doesn't someone bring this band over? Festival organizers, please note." -Peter Vacher, Jazzwise, CD Reviews, the UK's Most Definitive Review Section

"Thank You Uncle Edward is a welcomed addition of arrangements and interpretation of the music of Duke Ellington." -Larry A. Detwiler, Jazz Improv Magazine

"Ebulliently playing a wealth of Ellingtonia that touched all manner of moods, the Duke Ellington Legacy showed it's an aptly titled ensemble." -Zan Stewart, Star Ledger, The Newspaper for New Jersey

"Ellington's legacy is in good hands with this excellent tribute band." -Ken Dryden, All About Jazz

"Nothing if not swinging." -Ilya Stemkovsky, Modern Drummer

"There's more than enough first-rate musicianship, jubilant swing and imaginative ebullience on hand to make this project a success." -David Whiteis, JazzTimes

"A well-executed update of Ellington's music." -Ashante Infantry, thestar.com

"Unmistakably played with dignity, pride, respect, and a high degree of musicality. It comes recommended to all classic and mainstream jazz devotees." -Michael G. Nastos, Allmusic.com

"...the Duke Ellington Legacy sound distinctive without losing the spirit of the original Ellington takes on these tunes...music to sink your ears into with enthusiasm". -Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz

"The arrangements are big and bold, and the band swings hard." -Tom Hull, On the Web

"Point one! Jazz is certainly genetic in the 'Ellington' genome... Edward approximates the forceful and bright music of The Duke with an unprecedented harmonic and rhythmic variety... a CD project of profound dignity with a great bent on sensitive jazz phrasing". -George W. Carroll, the Musicians' Ombudsman

"As far as 'ghost bands' go, this is amongst the best. They do splendid covers of the Ellington legacy." -Lofton A. Emenari, What Is This Thing Called Jazz? Adventures in Modern Muisc

"Thank You Uncle Edward is an important contribution to the preservation of the timeless music from the songbook of the hallowed composer-arranger- bandleader Duke Ellington." -Northwest JAZZ PROFILE

"This is a welcome release on several accounts: the excellent playing throughout, the imaginative settings and, of course, memorable tunes from an American icon." -Tim Coakley, The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)

"This is one of the finest jazz tributes I've ever heard and rates an immediate MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from my ears!" -Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

"Exquisite!" -Bob Morello, Tampa Bay Post-Gazette, Facts on Wax

"...the arrangements are tight and swinging, and the playing is superb. This is the Duke's music, lovingly recreated by a great set of musicians." -GH, CD Hotlist: New Releases for Libraries


"Thank You, Uncle Edward" was chosen "new and noteworthy" by Bob Weinberg of Jazziz Magazine.

Virginia Mayhew’s original, "Toe Tickler", from "Thank You, Uncle Edward" was chosen as one of the Top 10 New Songs of 2008 by AllAboutJazz.com.

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