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Friday, June 29, 2012

Take the A Train with Radio 4

You just must listen to the Documentary of the Week on Radio 4. It’s all about the A train, yes, the one immortalised in the Billy Strayhorn number that Ellington used as his signature tune. 35 miles of heavy railtrack, which runs through New York and its suburbs. I was so glad to catch this programme at 11am today. It explains what you can expect to experience on the journey, the homeless people who live on the train, rubbing shoulders with the rich, the graffiti artists and the workers. The journey takes you through beautiful scenery and places of cultural significance. You’ll hear many different languages. Apparently 136 different languages are spoken in the Queens area of New York. There was an interview in the National Jazz Museum at Harlem, accompanied by someone playing the trombone.
Catch this on the BBC i player if you want to know about the cultural scene around New York jazz.
Link to program.
Ann Alex.
(Photo of A Train courtesy of Hilary Gilby.)

3 comments :

Lance said...

Thank you Ann for drawing this program to our attention. It gave a really good picture of this legendary train.
There are 2 versions - local and express. When I boarded it I got on the express instead of the local and travelled 10 stops further than I needed! But yes it's as exotic a journey as any journey anywhere. A couple of girls asked me a question in French. I didn't know what the question was so I said, "Non". I've often wondered if I'd made the greatest mistake of my life there...

Liz said...

just listened to it, absolutely fascinating, thank you Ann for pointing it out...loved the bit when that lady said, "Whatever nationality you are on the A train, you will be in the minority!"
Liz

Anonymous said...

I did exactly the same as Lance. I wanted to go to 110th and it took me to 124th. Nobody asked me any questions but I got a lot of questioning looks walking the fourteen blocks to 110th.

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