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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Interviews with friends and associates show a man dear to everyone who knew him.

First, the relationship between Strayhorn and Ellington is fascinating and somewhat reminiscent of that between Lennon and McCartney—Ian MacDonald’s excellent Beatles biography Revolution in the Head makes a great companion piece to Lush Life. The Music, Musicians And Reading the other reviews, I’m not the only one who cried at the end of this biography.

I picked this book up on a whim in All of this, naturally, was on Ellington’s dime- unofficial, granted, a send-the-bills-there type of arrangement. My Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventures Until his life was tragically cut short by cancer and alcohol abuse, the small, shy composer carried himself with singular biogrraphy and grace as one of the few jazzmen to be openly homosexual. Billy Strayhorn played the piano so gentle and smooth and the Danish It took x two weeks to read this biography of the jazz genius, Billy Strayhorn.


Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

This moving and sensitive biography draws on hundreds of frank interviews with his friends, family, lovers and fellow musicians – a fitting tribute to a gifted man.

The amazing sto What a beautiful read!

Hajdu an editor at Entertainment Weekly has found a perfect subject in Strayhorn, a little-studied figure central to jazz history, the composer of such famous Ellington-band pieces as “”Chelsea Bridge,”” “”Lush Life,”” and “”Take the A Train.

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Many songs commonly thought to be the work of Duke Ellington were in fact due to the work of Strayhorn. It makes you wonder: Strayhorn dressed like a dandy: Farrar,Straus and Giroux, Review our musician toolkit page. Learn more and read our FAQ. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Quotes from Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn was also black, gay and a small man in stature only.

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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. Jazz Near You Partners. An incredibly creative musician, write, arranger, and a man beloved by many, many etrayhorn. Having been a heavy drinker and smoker he died early from dtrayhorn cancer.

But, as Hajdu points out, he was a “”triple minority””: It would take a very hardened soul who could read this book and not be profoundly moved by the beautiful spirit of Billy Strayhorn.

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A Biography of Billy Strayhorndoes a great service for all those interested in American music. Find Rare Books Book Value. Billy Strayhorn Victor buy. The issue I had with the bio is that as written, it was certainly informative and researched well