I looked up Duke and he was a very well respected jazz piano player and bandleader. The obit that I read was up on cleveland.com, and the orchestra was called, "Cleveland's #1 band!"
Was it Pine Top's Boogie that had the same stop and go motif that's found in this song? I'll go check. I'll bet that there were more.
Nice guitar work on this cut, too. Unsurprising, I guess. There were some great guys hanging around Cobra in those days.