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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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He wrote an entire Gershwin-like musical revue a year out of high school, full of sophisticated recitative ov advanced harmony. Highly recommend this book to lovers of jazz and Ellington and Strayhorn fans in particular. Hajdu meticulously recreates this unusual agreement: View as a separate page. There was a problem adding your email address.

This book is the author’s homage to Straythorn and to finally afford him the credits his work should have received. It feels more cunning than conniving, a clever marketing strategy in a white mainstream which was unprepared to admire so many talented ljfe, an act which could implici “Duke ran his business like a family, and his family like a business.

Billy Strayhorn was also black, gay and a small man in stature only.

Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

It was a pleasure to listen to his sstrayhorn as I read along. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Can he really know about a particular tone of voice, a particular expression, in a conversation he heard about at second- or third-hand? Interviews with fr Overall a good book about a very interesting and talented musician who to this day remains unrecognized for the contributions he made to popular music.

Dec 12, Constance Chevalier rated it it was amazing. The issue I had with the bio is that as written, it was certainly informative and researched well The Music of Billy Strayhorn would be good to check out. Ours is an ex-library copy in transparent protective covering and usual stamps, stickers and barcode.


When you do, All About Jazz will receive a sales commission. Sign up to receive offers and updates: A “definitive” corrective USA Today to decades of patchwork scholarship and journalism about this giant of jazz, Lush Life is a vibrant and absorbing lief of the “lush life” Strayhorn and other jazz musicians led in Harlem and Paris.

Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

And of course Ellington is Ellington- he made sure the people caught a glimpse of his shy, humble, geeky other half of his heartbeat Strayhorn’s Pittsburgh roots are also worth noting, the particularities of that particular city amidst that cultural moment was indispensable to his growth as an artist, the man who brought us “Take The A Train” credited, usually, to Duke Ellington”Lush Life,” “The Far East Suite,” and countless other groundbreaking masterpieces of twentieth-century music.

The Edmonton Book Store Published: Read on to view our project ideas With some lucid and eloquent examples, I just didn’t get a lot of it here. Rethinking Jazz Cultures Francesco Martinelli: Search Musicians by name. Has wear to the cover and pages. Links Jazz Albums Jazz Discographies. Where Hadju succeeds is in portraying the rich life Strayhorn led as an openly gay black man during the 40’s and 50’s.

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Certainly if you view his music and that of Ellington’s as that of one man, which much of it kind of was. Anyone who appreciates greatness of soul. It meant, Don’t look back — yesterday was yesterday and today is today.

DJ price clipped, else Fine. Fine in glossy wrappers. The Peaceful Side Capitol Records buy. Bred to regard good manners as elevating, he purchased an etiquette guide that he read as intently as one might a novel. A fascinating look at the life a famously reticent, inscrutable figure in American music history and the genius behind much of Duke Ellington’s compositional output. I came away from this book with a profound sense of loss, not only because of a life cut far too short, at 51, but the cultural loss of music that might have been from a brilliant mind whose talent knew no boundaries.


Open Preview See a Problem? It would take a very hardened soul who could read this book and not be profoundly moved by the beautiful spirit of Billy Strayhorn.

He lives in New York City. It follows recent reads about Slash and Keith Richards. First Edition; First Printing. I just love to listen to music that sets up a particular mood – upbeat, downbeat, funky, chill. While Strayhorn, who rarely performed in public and recorded infrequently, has long been respected in jazz circles as an arranger and as the composer of such classic songs as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” “Lotus Blossom,” and “My Little Brown Book,” he has never really received his due as an independent artist.

Used book in good condition. May 07, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: He also became one of New York’s most notorious drinkers, a habit that would only increase as the years passed.

Book with a lean, else no other defects, no names, notes, or ANY markings. Look for it, then click the link to activate your account.

Strayhorn would have been this year, and one could argue that he was one of the great 20th Century composers. Aug 18, Soledad rated it it was amazing.

Dec 23, Don rated it it was amazing. He never got the credit he deserved, but his collaboration with Duke Ellington allowed him many opportunites. Strayhorn had two favorite phrases: