Something To Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Saturday December 7 @ 8:00 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.

  • Janelle Reichman- saxophone/clarinet
  • Emma Aboukasm- voice
  • Scott Gwinnell- piano
  • Rob Bickley- bass
  • Pete Siers- drums