All That Jazz: Essential Jazz Recordings:- Take The “A” Train- Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Written by Billy Strayhorn this became a signature song for Duke Ellington and his orchestra. Strayhorn had written the song after being offered a job with Ellington- they would have a great musical partnership until Strayhorn’s death in 1967. Written in 1939- Strayhorn had left his native Pittsburgh for New York City to meet with Ellington. Ellington had given him directions on how to find his house by subway– the directions began with “Take The A- Train.”