Billy Strayhorn was Duke Ellington’s composing/arranging partner for 27 years, writing “Take the A Train,” “Lush Life,” and many other eventual jazz standards.
Williams' career ranged from swing and bebop to expatriate and sacred jazz, a stint as a jazz educator, and a 1977 encounter with avant-garde icon Cecil Taylor.
Autumn’s here, and the time is right for lying in the leaves, with music from Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman, Sonny Rollins and more.
In the 1950s and 60s the race for space loomed large in the cultural imagination, and jazz artists such as Duke Ellington and Sun Ra picked up on the theme.
A new book examines the bandleader and composer's life in the historical context of his times.
Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights for a look at the relationship between work songs and jazz, with music from Ellington, Mingus and more.
Paul Gonsalves became a jazz legend through his 1956 Newport big-band solo, but he knew his way around a small-group too.
Keep it cool: jazz historian Ted Gioia joins us for the music and meaning of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Bix Beiderbecke, Miles Davis and more.
Could you have guessed who they were? Three giants of jazz on the 1950s TV quiz show.
The capital of African-American culture in the United States for decades, Harlem has inspired all sorts of musical tributes.