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PD9 Plays Strayhorn

Planet D Nonet tribute to Billy Strahorn
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Cliff Bell's 2030 Park Ave. , Detroit, Michigan 48226

Brand new charts by Joshua James, Michael Sailors, Duncan McMillan & Pat Prouty as well as charts by David Berger & Chuck Isreals.

If you are familiar with the jazz composition, "Take the A Train," then you know something about not only Duke Ellington, but also Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn, its composer. Strayhorn joined Ellington's band in 1939, at the age of twenty-two. Ellington liked what he saw in Billy and took this shy, talented pianist under his wings. Neither one was sure what Staryhorn’s function in the band would be, but their musical talents had attracted each other. By the end of the year Staryhorn had become essential to the Duke Ellington Band; arranging, composing, sitting-in at the piano. Billy made a rapid and almost complete assimilation of Ellington's style and technique. It was difficult to discern where one's style ended and the other's began. The results of the Ellington-Staryhorn collaboration brought much joy to the jazz world.

This year we feature Detroit-based pianist & educator Michael Zaporski. A protégé’ of the late Detroit jazz saxophone legend Sam Sanders. His association with Sam took him to the Detroit Jazz Center in the West African country of Senegal. Upon returning to Detroit, he teamed up with vocalist Kate Patterson & later with Linda Blancke. He has released a number of excellent CDs as a leader of his own jazz combo.

Justin Jozwaik / alto sax & cl, Jim Holden / tenor sax & cl, Joshua James / bari & alto sax, cl, James O’Donnell / trumpet, flügelhorn & vocal, Ken Ferry / trumpet & flügelhorn, John "T-Bone" Paxton / trombone & vocal, Michael Zaporski / piano, Shannon Wade / string bass, RJ Spangler wsg Camille Price on vocal

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  • Kristin G.

    They're playing an absolutely beautiful set, but there is a $10 cover charge without reservation.

    November 27, 2013

  • Keith G.

    Should be an exciting concert. Go to my blog at I`m going to try to get there.

    2 · November 18, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Thanks, RJ ; looks like a fantastic event!

    1 · November 4, 2013

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