William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

The Many Stories of Bill Fitzpatrick: The Duke Ellington Award

A new story about Prof. Fitzpatrick's love for jazz

In this video, Prof. Fitzpatrick tells a story about violin and jazz.

Released on March 9, 2022

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Video Transcription

One day at Juilliard, I was called into an administrator’s office and told that I had been given the "Duke Ellington Award," which was a cash award. I was told that a condition was that I had to attend the Ellington Band concert to receive the award. I was told that the last person took the money and left. So I responded, “Are you crazy? Of course, I want be there”. You see I was and am still a jazz lover. So I went to the concert, it was a big band like back in the day, and it was wonderful. At intermission, I was brought onstage, introduced and given the award. After this I was free to go but of course I stayed backstage, sat in the corridor and listened as the concert continued. It was so beautiful!
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