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"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.
Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.
We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?
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Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, would have turned 100 on November 29th.
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