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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Get Jazz Near You A weekly events guide. Strayhorn had had the freedom to pursue all avenues of musical expression and continue to make a living bioography sowe as a nation might have had another important modern American “art music” which I use for biigraphy of a better term, because what he did write was clearly high art composer in addition to one of the great big-band and small ensemble composer-arrangers in history.

Jun 19, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: Look for it, then click the link to activate your account. This book is the result of an incredible amount of research and interviews, and fills in the many blanks about Strayhorn’s mysterious life story. Trivia About Lush Life: He also did a good job of showing the creative process and the work involved in putting out a finished piece of music, live and on record.


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The truest of human qualities at least in these old days come out in the dive bar. Dec 30, Adam rated it really liked it. Preview — Lush Life by David Hajdu. Sign in Sign up Email address. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Edition: Lots of research into untangling the tangled legacy of Billy Strayhorn ljfe Duke Ellington.

Duke took many many bows, accolades and credits for pieces that Strayhorn had written throughout ,ife long career Jazz Poll Help us identify the world’s top jazz venues. Then he really came alive.

This book revealed a much more complex and challenged individual who actually wrote a ton of music for Ellington. At first, Strayhorn submitted to Ellington’s benevolent dictatorship. High praise, perhaps, for a book that clocks in at just about pages, but it’s so rich with revelation into this man and his music that it more than lives up to the hype.

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Membership has its privileges! Someday I’ll write the two-man play where Strayhorn kush Ellington are holed up in a hotel to finish a piece.

Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

Book Reviews Astral Weeks: Has wear to the cover and pages. Strayhorn, though, was seldom given a publishing credit for these co-writing duties, and when his own originals became part of the orchestra’s songbook, Ellington often took a co-composer’s credit, a practice common among bandleaders in this period.


Aug 07, Yvonne rated it really liked it. This is one of the best biographies I have ever read, and is definitely my strayborn book by David Hajdu. My Content Membership has its privileges!

Strayhorn was the “genius” behind Duke El, who blackmailed Billy into silence for his gay life and kept the boy in the back of the bus. May not contain Access Codes or Biographg.

Dec 03, Deborah J. The young pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn was introduced to Duke Ellington, already a major international star and leader of one of the world’s most popular bands, for the biotraphy time backstage at an Ellington Orchestra performance at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh in December Whites and blacks can dance together, but only if there’s a clothesline across the middle of the room; and a mixed-race band?

Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

Used book in very good condition. Search Albums by title. Only took me five years or so to finish off this one.