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Billy Strayhorn, pictured here in the 1940s, wrote more than 1,000 works, most of them for Duke Ellington.
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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.
Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.
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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 own bands. Hear five pioneering examples of women who composed for and directed their own groups.
Lester Young gave Billie Holiday her nickname: "Lady Day."
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April 23, 2009 Jazz has no shortage of celebrated masters. Every year brings an abundance of new milestones for record labels to celebrate. With that in mind, we present songs by six American jazz musicians who would have become centenarians in 2009, including Lester Young.
August 1, 2001 Benny Carter made his recording debut in 1927. Six decades later, he was still going strong, having made a mark as an alto saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and arranger. This 1962 album has his most famous song, "When Lights Are Low."
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August 1, 2001 Many critics consider Duke Ellington to be the most important composer in the history of jazz. Along with his jazz compositions, he wrote film scores and stage musicals. The Duke at His Best has more than an hour of Ellington's most revered works, including "Take the 'A Train," "Caravan," and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."
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August 1, 2001 By the time Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster recorded this album, they already had an established working relationship. For years, the two saxophonists had been playing in informal, private jam sessions in Los Angeles. The CD reissue of Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster has five bonus tracks.
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August 1, 2001 Born in 1909, Ben Webster is considered one of the most important swing tenors in jazz. He also was a master of ballads, as exemplified on 1959's Ben Webster & Associates. The album features trumpeter Roy Eldridge and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
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