Duke Lives!

'He Deals With Kids' Crises. He Is Rare— He Changes Lives.'

Ellington himself and his music have clearly been a major influence in Yarborough's life. Duke once wrote a song, "What Am I Here For?" Not many people are that certain of what they want their lives to amount to. But Duke was. And so is Davey.

Davey Yarborough: ''It is not acceptable to lose even one student.''
Sam Kittner
Davey Yarborough: ''It is not acceptable to lose even one student.''

One night, Wynton Marsalis, doing a benefit in town, surprised Davey by asking him to play. "He dipped his shoulders," Greene wrote, "swayed his horn and filled the room with music so captivating it brought thunderous applause from the audience and from clusters of his students, gushing with pride."

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