Billy Strayhorn may not be as well-known as Duke Ellington, but for three decades they were close collaborators. Strayhorn's niece stopped by to talk about her uncle and a year-long celebration of his life and music.
On his 115th birthday we celebrate the life and music of Duke Ellington. We also sit down with one of the most famous nuns in the world, Sister Helen Prejean, who has dedicated much of her life to fighting the death penalty.
As a kid, Billy Strayhorn became very interested in music and by the time he was in high school, not only was he an exceptional pianist with a classical music pedigree, but he’d become quite a composer. Everything changed in 1938.
As an Artist-in-Residence at storied jazz club the Green Mill, Kimberly Gordon -- not be confused with Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth -- knocks it out of the park on a weekly basis with her stunning vocals.