Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, would have turned 100 on November 29th.
This week, our spotlight is on just a few of the many singers who sang with Count Basie, including Jimmy Rushing, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, and more.
Billy Eckstine was a cultural pioneer who became one of the first black male solo singers to find success singing love songs.
Popular song, more often than not, is about love—love won, love lost, love in doubt. This week we feature songs about the fulfillment of longed-for love.
Singer Frank Sinatra and arranger Axel Stordahl teamed up for some of the most influential ballad recordings of mid-20th-century American popular song.
Arranger Pete Rugolo worked with some of the most significant vocalists of the 1940s and 50s.
Afterglow bursts into early-April bloom this week with odes to the spring both happy and sad from Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller and more.
A centennial celebration of the tenor saxophonist featuring his recordings with Billie Holiday and other vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Rushing.
Billy Eckstine made three stellar LPs for Roulette-a standards outing with Billy May, a blues excursion with Count Basie, and a knockout live Las Vegas concert.
On this edition of Afterglow, we'll highlight a performance by pianist and singer Shirley Horn at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1994.