Billy Strayhorn

Airs Tuesday, February 25 at 10 p.m. The artistic collaboration between Duke Ellington and composer/ arranger Billy Strayhorn is one of the most important in the history of American music.  It's the subject of the music documentary,"The Magic of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn" presented by the AAPRC Network this month.

Airs Monday, July 14 at 11 a.m. On this week's broadcast concert from the Pittsburgh Symphony, music director Manfred Honeck returns to lead the orchestra in Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. In between, pianist Denis Matsuev will take the stage for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and he'll also perform Improvisation of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train.”

Airs Monday, June 30 at 8 p.m. He is, without question, one of the most talented jazz trumpeters to ever walk the earth. And he's used his skill admirably in the service of bebop ideas advanced by his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie. His working band served up bursts of lyricism in abundance — yes, including those altissimo screams.

Set List

The Baron
The Hunters and Gatherers
Hey, Lalo!
Dizzy Atmosphere (Gillespie)
Day Dream (Strayhorn)
Gillespiana Suite (Schifrin)