Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn jazz article by Joel Roberts, published on March 8, at All About Jazz. Find more Book Reviews. Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn. Billy Strayhorn () was one of the greatest composers in the history of American music, the creator of a body of . Billy Strayhorn Strayhorn was a teenager when he wrote most of the song, which was to become his signature Nat King Cole performed “Lush Life” in , while trumpeter Harry James recorded it four times.

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Music biographies are hard by nature now this is a form that could be improved by high tech gadgetry allowing us to listen as we readbut this succeeds as well as any of them do. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Quotes from Lush Life: He yearned for strayhorb career in concert music. I think it’s fair to hold biographies to a novelistic standard Jazz Poll Help us identify the world’s top jazz venues.

He was first bklly foremost a genius at arranging music, incorporating different genres and periods into accessible and loved pieces.


Square, tight with no notes or ANY markings. Book and DJ New. A Biography of Billy Strayhorn By. People interact with strangers and find a common ground, more so than one may do at their desk job; and Strayhorn knew this before we knew it; and even more, Strayhorn knew it before he himself knew it — which put him ahead of his time. Accessible to everyone – singer, musician, producer, director, Broadway, jazz, classic.

It took nearly two weeks to read this biography of the jazz genius, Billy Strayhorn. Someday I’ll write the two-man play where Strayhorn and Ellington are holed up in a hotel gilly finish a piece.

It was a pleasure to listen to his work as I read along. Nov 28, Sketchbook rated it really liked it. Book Reviews Fare Thee Well: Cue Ibography Saxophone Victor buy. Stayhorn Musicians by billyy. I picked this book up on a whim in Monroe Street Books Published: As New in As New dust jacket. Dec 22, Greg rated it it was amazing.

Strayhorn was the “genius” behind Duke El, who blackmailed Billy into silence for his gay life and kept the boy in the back of lusg bus.

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We didn’t see it, but Strayhorn would see something there. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

Second, there’s the background thread of the civil rights movement. Only took me five years or so to finish off this one.

Book Reviews Astral Weeks: Duke took many many bows, accolades and credits for pieces that Strayhorn had written throughout their long career He composed or co-composed many of Duke’s biggest hits, but was largely uncredited and unknown to the public. Because there was no in-depth interview with Duke Ellington on how he worked with Strayhorn, much of their relationship – the most consequential one of Strayhorn’s life – feels underexplored.

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