|Composer(s)||Duke Ellington and Irving Mills|
"The Mooche" is an American jazz song, composed in 1928 by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills. The song is in the so-called "jungle style" and includes the clarinet and muted trumpet typical of Ellington's work. James "Bubber" Miley was among the musicians that recorded the original version of the song. The song is played in C minor.
In 1933 Ellington explained that the title referred to 'a certain lazy gait peculiar to some of the folk of Harlem'.
- Berger, David (transcription). The Mooche. Jazz at Lincoln Center Library - Essentially Ellington. 2007, EMI Mills Music, Inc.
- Crouch, Stanley. The Late Show: Why Duke Ellington's late work deserves our attention. January 12, 2005, Slate.com
- Gioia, Ted (reviewer). Duke Ellington (Featuring Bubber Miley): The Mooche. 2007, jazz.com Archived 2016-05-29 at the Wayback Machine.
- Duke Ellington, 'My Hunt for Song Titles', Rhythm, August 1933, pp. 22–3, quoted in Mark Tucker (ed.), The Duke Ellington Reader (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993), p. 88.
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