Duke Ellington Band Celebrates by Playing Literally on the ‘A’ Train

Duke Ellington Band Celebrates by Playing Literally on the ‘A’ Train

subway-car-behind.jpgIn honor of the jazz man’s 110th birthday, the Duke Ellington band was standing on the platform of the 125th Street subway station in Harlem, about to board an A train — and perform — as the train sped toward the other end of the line, in Queens, picking up regular passengers along the way.

A vintage subway car with ceiling fans brought out of retirement for the occasion served as the ‘A Train’ commemorating the famous song, born when Ellington scribbled-out directions to his apartment, for a young composer and arranger named Billy Strayhorn… (the song’s co-composter).

(Read the full story – with photos – in the New York Times)

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