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“Something To Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn”

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 9:00 pm


Arranger, lyricist, and pianist Billy Strayhorn was Duke Ellington’s alter ego. They partnered for 30+ years in writing both popular and artistic jazz compositions. “Take the A Train,” Lush Life,” “Day Dream,” and “Isfahan” are examples of works penned by this quiet jazz composer and lyricist. “Something to Live For” will revisit Strayhorn’s masterpieces through a contemporary lens, with the help of some of Detroit’s most talented jazz musicians. They will explore the virtuoso’s library, combining energy and sophistication to present a unique vision in a way that Billy Strayhorn would’ve appreciated.

Emma Aboukasm- vocals
Janelle Reichman- saxophone, clarinet
Scott Gwinnell- piano
Rob Bickley- bass
Pete Siers- drums


Friday, August 16, 2019
9:00 pm
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