The composer was remarkable not only for his harmonically rich collaborations with Duke Ellington, but for living as an openly gay black man in the 1940s.
Patrick Jarenwattananon, former writer for NPR Music’s A Blog Supreme, joins us to talk about the most memorable jazz artists to appear at the Tiny Desk.
The self-described “accidental brass quartet” swims comfortably in jazz, classical and pop music. Watch the band evoke a rollicking Parisian street scene and the calm beauty of the San Juan Islands.
The Bulgarian-born film composer and concert pianist performs original music in a 1995 session.