Take the A Train

Billy Strayhorn

Take the A Train

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Duke Ellington first heard the young pianist Billy Strayhorn when his band passed through Pittsburgh in 1938. The bandleader promised to stay in touch, but neither called nor wrote. Finally, Strayhorn called Ellington's office and was told the band was playing in Harlem. The directions to the club were very specific: "... read more

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