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Monday, 6/17/2024, 9pm - Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride

Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn

The Lush Life of Billy Strayhorn (ENCORE). The fruitful collaboration between Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington is widely known to have brought us such classics as “Take The ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” and “Isfahan.” But behind the music, Billy Strayhorn led a complex and often vice-driven life. While composing some of the most harmonically rich jazz of its time, often in the shadow of Duke Ellington, Strayhorn was an outlier in that he led an openly gay life as a black man in the homophobic 1940s. Hear interviews with Strayhorn family members and biographer, and rare archival tape of Strayhorn himself. You'll also hear Strayhorn's music performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring pianist Johnny O'Neal.