David Brent Johnson

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Billy Strayhorn In Five Songs

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Though overshadowed during his own lifetime by his employer, Duke Ellington, the composer-arranger wrote more than 1,000 pieces. Here are takes on his most famous tunes.


The High Priestess Of Soul: Nina Simone In 5 Songs

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

There are certain figures in jazz history whose iconic status can be telegraphed by a single name. The pianist and singer Nina Simone seems to be ascending to that place of pop-culture reverence.


In Memoriam: Jazz Elegies

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Around 1945, jazz's traditional funeral rites manifested in a more modern form of tribute. Now, some of the music's most powerful tunes are written in memory of late colleagues. Hear five examples.


Wade In The Water: 5 Jazz Takes On Spirituals

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The songs were a byproduct of slavery in the U.S. But after being passed along by generations of African-American musicians, they were later embraced by a variety of improvisers, incl...


Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as a...


The Women In Charge Of The Band

Friday, March 29, 2013

Musicians like Lil Hardin Armstrong, Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams didn't just make it in the historically male-dominated field of jazz: They were the driving forces behind their o...