Billy Strayhorn made few recordings as a leader but one fine one was in 1959 featuring Johnny Hodges named Cue Porter because of contractual issues.
There's music from New Orleans in 1961 with veteran trumpeter Kid Thomas and a more contemporary New Orleans inspired recording from trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Guitarists T Bone Walker and Charlie Christian, some 50's European modern jazz plus plenty of recent Australian recordings.
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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...
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