And His Mother Called Him Bill

David Hajdu explores the life of Billy Strayhorn, one of the great jazz composers and arrangers, an extraordinarily complex man who created songs such as `Take the A Train', `Chelsea Bridge' and `Lush Life'.

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This programme follows Strayhorn from his move away from Duke Ellington until his triumphant return in the late 50s.

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This programme explores Strayhorn's last years and looks at his final efforts to reclaim his musical identity from the shadow of Duke Ellington