Music – 1980 – Ella Fitzgerald + Billy Taylor & All Star Orchestra – Take The A Train

“Take the ‘A’ Train“ is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn….which was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra….as the use of the Strayhorn composition as the signature tune was made necessary by a ruling in 1940 by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)….when ASCAP raised its licensing fees for broadcast use….after which many ASCAP members…. including Ellington….could no…

Music – 1979 – Manhattan Transfer – You Know You Can Count On Me – Performed Live In Concert

The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz vocal group founded in 1969….who sang and recorded in vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm & blues, pop music and a cappella….as there have been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer….with Tim Hauser as the only person to be part of both. The first group consisted of Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson,…