Jazz Currents

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. 

Drummer, composer and bandleader Billy Hart was born in Washington D. C. and is celebrating his 75th birthday in November.  When many people would be slowing down, Billy Hart continues his commitment to sharing his knowledge and experience with everyone he meets.


Iconic composer and saxophonist, Ornette Coleman, is remembered for widening the options in jazz and helping to change its course forever.

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Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave was born in 1936 in Chesterton PA.  His first big break was touring and recording with Ray Charles in 1954.  In the early 60's, after 5 years with Ray Charles, Belgrave moved to NYC and worked with jazz innovators including Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach and Yusef Lateef.  In 1963, Belgrave moved to Detroit to work with many of the well-known jazz musicians there and also joined the staff at Motown Records.

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