Billy Strayhorn http://wrti.org en Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Billy Strayhorn, Composer of "Take the 'A' Train" http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-tells-story-billy-strayhorn-composer-take-train <p>He stood five feet, two inches tall, and his musical colleagues dubbed him “Swee’ Pea,” after the little character in the Popeye cartoons. But <strong>Billy Strayhorn </strong>ranked with the giants that composed enduring standard popular music. He was also nobody’s cartoon character. The handle was a reverent tease, applied by Strayhorn’s musical associates in the <strong>Duke Ellington Orchestra.</strong></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:48:48 +0000 Bob Perkins 7323 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Billy Strayhorn, Composer of "Take the 'A' Train" Birthday Boys Billy Strayhorn And Johnny Mandell http://wrti.org/post/birthday-boys-billy-strayhorn-and-johnny-mandell <p>Composer Johnny Mandel shares birthday honors with Billy Strayhorn this week. We'll hear a sampling of their songs this <strong>Sunday, November 25th at 7 pm.</strong> Billy is best known for his sophisticated works, mostly with Duke Ellington (Take the "A" Train, Lush Life, etc.) and Johnny for his movie scores (<em>I Want To Live</em> and <em>Americanization Of Emily</em>). Join us for exciting Big Band interpretations!</p><p>http://youtu.be/d-O6wC6svs8</p><p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:13:12 +0000 Bob Craig 4767 at http://wrti.org Birthday Boys Billy Strayhorn And Johnny Mandell