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We're celebrating the exceptional Billy Strayhorn, here in the NY Metro area. Check the current WSJ article on "Musicians Take the A-Train".

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Billy Strayhorn Lives!

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 30, 2015 at 8:31pm

New York Celebrates Billy Strayhorn’s Centennial With Special ‘A Train’ Ride

November 27, 2015 1:00 pm November 27, 2015 1:00 pm

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Wynton Marsalis played "Take the A Train" on the A line in 1999. On Sunday, the song's composer, Billy Strayhorn, will be honored with another subway performance.
Wynton Marsalis played "Take the A Train" on the A line in 1999. On Sunday, the song's composer, Billy Strayhorn, will be honored with another subway performance.Credit Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press

All aboard the A Train! This Sunday, Jazz at Lincoln Center will celebrate the centennial of jazz great Billy Strayhorn with a series of performances — including a surprise pop-up concert on the subway that inspired Strayhorn’s most famous composition, “Take the A Train.”

The MTA will unearth an era-appropriate subway train to run on the A line for the occasion. The train’s passengers will be serenaded by the Donald Malloy Quartet and the Evan Sherman Entourage playing a medley of Strayhorn compositions, including “Take the A Train”. (Time and location of the concert will not be announced because of concerns about crowding.)

“We celebrate the centennial of Mr. Strayhorn by saluting one of the most meaningful compositions in the jazz canon, as we also salute our public transit system,” Wynton Marsalis, the trumpeter and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, said in a statement.

The celebration is a collaboration between Jazz at Lincoln Center, MTA Music and the New York Transit Museum. Mr. Marsalis played “Take the A Train” on the subway in 1999 during the centennial of Duke Ellington, Strayhorn’s frequent collaborator.

Ellington and Strayhorn worked together on compositions and arrangements through the 1950s, with Ellington’s band popularized many Strayhorn tunes, including “Lush Life.” Strayhorn died in 1967.

Concerts celebrating Strayhorn will follow on Sunday evening at 7:30 and 9:30 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Gale A. Brewer, the Manhattan borough president, will be present to officially proclaim Nov. 29 as “Billy Strayhorn Day.” A livestream of the event will be available at jazz.org/live.

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