Saturday: Life, music of Billy Strayhorn


The life and music of pioneering African American composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn will be the topic of a presentation by Alisa Clancy, KCSM radio host and operations director, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

From the 1940s to the 1960s, Mr. Strayhorn was one of the forces behind the sound of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The talk will feature recordings of Mr. Strayhorn's compositions, which include "Take the A Train," "Lotus Blossom," and "Lush Life."

Ms. Clancy is co-host of the KCSM FM-91.1 program "A Morning Cup of Jazz," aired from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. She has taught jazz history, theater and film.

The free presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free van service is available for seniors and people with disabilities. For more information, or to schedule free transportation to the library, call 330-2512, or contact outreach librarian Roberta Roth at

The City Council Chambers are at 701 Laurel St., in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

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