Billy Strayhorn

Composer’s Spotlight: Billy Strayhorn

“Billy Strayhorn was my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brainwaves in his head, and his in mine.” – Duke Ellington Whenever one is asked to define jazz, it is tempting to cite great jazz improvisers, such as Bird, Trane, Hawk, Brecker, and countless others, yet [...]

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen in action with Thomas Oakman on trumpet and Karol Domański on drums

Groovin’ from Denmark to Berlin and ‘Round the World

On a beautiful Saturday evening in June, I sat down for coffee and a chat with the award-winning Danish bassist, composer, and friend, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen. A busy player on the European jazz scene, Knudsen had just finished playing with a Danish/Latvian group, featuring world-class pianist Aaron Parks and Berklee alum Christian Frank; Knudsen’s busy [...]

          February 10, 2018