Modern period American composer Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) began his association with Duke Ellington in 1938 with Lush Life. Their association lasted until Strayhorn's death. Alone or with Ellington, his compositions include Take the A Train, Chelsea Bridge, Passion Flower, and Johnny Come Lately.
Audio files in AU format from John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts include discussion of swing and the blues and chord voicings in "Take the A Train"
Biography, selected works, links from Music Sales Classical.
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