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100 Years Of Billy Strayhorn, Emotional Architect Of Song  |   

The composer and arranger spent the bulk of his career in service to the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He wrote some of the most popular songs of the 20th century — without ever hiding who he was.

Billy Strayhorn In Five Songs  |   

Though overshadowed during his own lifetime by his employer, Duke Ellington, the composer-arranger wrote more than 1,000 pieces. Here are takes on his most famous tunes.

Metallica's Robert Trujillo On His Hero, Jaco Pastorius  |   

"People tried to call him just a jazz cat, but he was beyond that." Trujillo speaks with Michel Martin about a new documentary on the man sometimes called the Hendrix of the bass.

Hendrix On A Horn: The World Of Robin Eubanks  |   

His 30-year career includes trailblazing with an electric trombone, but the Oberlin educator and jazz player has never recorded with a big band until now.

Richard Carpenter Weighs In On How To Craft The Perfect Pop Song  |   

In the '70s, Richard Carpenter and his sister, Karen, made up the pop duo the Carpenters. On Dec. 5, PBS will begin airing Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2009.