Fresh Fruit pays tribute to Billy Strayhorn, African-American, gay jazz composer and pianist, Jan. 29 with host Dixie Treichel

In anticipation of Black History Month and celebrating the Centennial of Billy Strayhorn’s birth (1915 -1967), Dixie will be playing some of his music that was never heard or commercially recorded until 1995, some rare historic performances and some classics such as "Take the 'A Train" and "Lush Life". Dixie will also be highlighting Strayhorn's music on Fresh Fruit, February 19 during Black History Month.

William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn was an African-American, openly gay jazz composer, pianist, lyricist,  and arranger. He began composing as a teenager in Pitttsburgh, worked with Duke Ellington for nearly three decades, wrote musicals, worked solo and composed/performed with many outstanding musicians. Living in the shadow of Duke he experienced an invisibility that stands in marked contrast with his significance as a jazz composer.