The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn’s passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
Based on actual conversations: WHY WE NEED THIS MOVIE #1 Me: I’m going to watch this movie, “The Girls In The Band.” And hopefully write a review. Hip Old Jazz Radio Dude: Oh, yeah? What’s it about, chick singers? Me: Um, no. It’s about the great female instrumentalists who couldn’t get hired by the big bands, [...]
Vocalist, pianist and composer, Ann Hampton Callaway has had success in the worlds of jazz, Broadway and cabaret. She’s also one of our favorite KPLU Studio Session guests. We invite her to perform every time she passes through Seattle because, from one visit to the next, we never know what kind of surprises she’ll treat [...]