No, I’m not afraid to admit that when I was younger I was not aware of the Ellington original, in fact so much so that the first time I heard Ellington’s version I was like “Hey that sounds like an older version of that Steely Dan tune.” O_o. Ah… youth. But alas, I saw the error of my ways, but actually that’s what this serious and this site is about: “Bridging the gap” between generations through this powerful medium of music.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.