The ultimate Saturday Night Music: Billy Strayhorn plays “Take the A Train” with the Duke Ellington Orchestra

If I am judged good and I get to go to heaven, when I get there, Billy Strayhorn will be playing “Take the A Train” with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Meanwhile, we have this:

Heaven on Earth.

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4 responses to “The ultimate Saturday Night Music: Billy Strayhorn plays “Take the A Train” with the Duke Ellington Orchestra

  1. Larry Strayhorn

    I am so glad that you find my uncle Billy’s music so inspiring! It was years before I actually heard him play A-Train on his only solo album, “The Peaceful Side”. What a revelation to hear his own interpetation of his famous A-Train! The version you posted also shows his delicate touch on the keyboard. Thanks for posting.
    Larry

    • smartpeopleiknow

      I think Billy Strayhorn, your uncle, is one of the great composers of the 20th century. And of all the great music that he created, “Lush Life” and “Take the ‘A’ Train” are two of my favourite pieces of music of all time.

      That is a great video of him playing. While many a great artist has performed that song before, it is wonderful to see his version of it. Sublime.

      People wanting to know more about Billy Strayhorn can go here and learn more about him. Or better still, go buy some of many pieces he created and listen to it.

  2. David M. Strayhorn Sr.

    I too find it inspiring to actually see a live performance of my Uncle Bill playing one of his many masterpieces and the audience’s overwhelming response.

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