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The second episode of our Billy Strayhorn centennial birthday celebration focuses on his masterpiece 'Lush Life'.

"Jazz Currents" celebrates the birthday centennial of the multi-talented Billy Strayhorn.    

Episode one will focus on Strayhorn's upbringing and early years with Ellington.  During this time, Strayhorn wrote many tunes for the Ellington orchestra including 'Something to Live For', 'Take the A Train' and 'Chelsea Bridge.' 

Episode two will focus on Strayhorn's masterpiece 'Lush Life', including some of the definitive recordings by Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman and Strayhorn himself. 

DownBeat magazine

Seven Western Michigan University jazz students and student ensembles have won honors in this year's DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards.

That put Western second only to to Austria's University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in the number of students winning awards.

Several Western alumni also got awards in the 38th annual competition.

Lisa Kyle

The jazz trio Tri-Fi - Matthew Fries, piano; Phil Palombi, bass, and Keith Hall, drums - is garnering wide praise for its fifth album, Staring into the Sun

C. Lieurance

Jazz singer KeJuan Carter recently graduated from Western Michigan University with a master's degree in vocal jazz performance. He and four other WMU jazz musicians - Hugh Little, piano; Bryan Blowers, guitar; bassist Mike Horrigan and drummer Dave Van Haren - put a personal touch on new, old, and overlooked

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