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Billy Strayhorn

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William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 - May 31, 1967) was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington, lasting nearly three decades. His compositions include "Take the 'A' Train", "Chelsea Bridge", and "Lush Life". Early life: Strayhorn was born in Dayton, Ohio. His family soon moved to the Homewood section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However, his mother's family was from Hillsborough, North Carolina, and she sent him there to protect him from his father's drunken sprees. Strayhorn spent many months of his childhood at his grandparents' house in Hillsborough. In an interview, Strayhorn said that his grandmother was his primary influence during the first ten years of his life. He first became interested in music while living with her, playing hymns on her piano, and playing records on her Victrola record player. Return to Pittsburgh and meeting Ellington: Strayhorn...

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Discography

  • Lush Life, 1992
  • A Proper Introduction to Billy Strayhorn: Passion Flower, 2004
  • Cue for Saxophone, 1959
  • Piano Duets: Great Times!, 1991
  • The Peaceful Side of Jazz, 1963

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On Apr 2, 2011. 10:08pm
Christopher Lynch said

A beautiful soul was our beloved Billy and a heavenly composer. Love the guy and one of his favourite sayings:
"Ever onward and upward." Life wasn't easy for Billy in many ways, yet his wonderful compositions live on.
"Lush Life" melts me every time I hear it - no matter who is performing - and reminds me of life's empty pages.
Enjoy Joe Henderson's tribute album if you have the opportunity.
Meanwhile, I'm going to "Take The A Train", and dream of "Lotus Blossom".

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