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In 1923, Miller quit the orchestra to go to college. He spent a year at the University of Colorado before dropping out to return to the music business. Moving to Los Angeles, California, Miller worked with Ben Pollack’s band for a time.
The first time the saxophones lead with support from the trumpets and trombones, then Ray Nance (on muted trumpet) leads, and after a four-bar transition and corresponding change of key, the saxophones and Nance (on open trumpet) take turns improvising on the theme, finally closing with fading repetitions of the last …
Take the ‘A’ Train by Duke Ellington is in the key of C Major. It should be played at a tempo of 172 BPM.
“Take The A Train” – Duke Ellington, 1939 (swing jazz) Although traditionally played as an instrumental, ‘Take The A Train’ does have lyrics. Since most jazz pieces are centered more around instrumentalists, the lyrics are minimal. The following also only represents one version of what can be sung.
In popular culture. “Take the ‘A’ Train” is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn, referring to the A train, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn up into Harlem and northern Manhattan, using the express tracks in Manhattan.
Mississippi Delta blues, also known as Delta blues, regional style of early 20th-century American folk music, centred in the Delta region of northwestern Mississippi.