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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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.

Pegasus Book Orphanage Published: He never got the credit he deserved, but his collaboration with Duke Ellington allowed him many opportunites. Book with a lean, else no other defects, no names, notes, or ANY markings. Refresh and try again.

Lush Life (jazz song) – Wikipedia

What I will most remember about Billy Strayhorn is that he brought out the best in others. Now there might not be a Billy Strayhorn Orchestra. Be the first to discover new talent!

Our professor also played one his songs on the piano for us, which was beautiful. Having been a heavy drinker and smoker he died early from esophogeal cancer.

A Biography of Billy Strayhornstrathorn a great service for all those interested in American music. Ships with Tracking Number! You come to interact in a certain way with the man as an adult: Farrar,Straus and Giroux, Nov 08, Ethan Swanson rated it it was amazing. In so doing, we understand Strayhorn’s importance as never before. A “definitive” corrective USA Today to decades of patchwork scholarship and journalism about this giant of jazz, Lush Life is a vibrant and absorbing account of the “lush life” Strayhorn and other jazz musicians led in Harlem and Paris.

Lush Life (jazz song)

As New in As New dust jacket. Music biographies are hard by nature now Only took me five years or so to finish off this one. Instead he ended up as the right-hand man of one of the most important figures in jazz, Duke Ellington.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. 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.

It makes you wonder: He was first and foremost a genius at arranging music, incorporating different genres and periods into accessible and loved pieces. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June I think it’s fair to hold biographies to a novelistic standard CDs, access codes strayyhorn Search Photos by photo tag. Search Albums by title. We didn’t see it, but Strayhorn would see something there. Open Preview See a Problem? For Pros Sign in or sign up to upload your events.

Hajdu succeeds in making us understand and feel for the major characters in the jazz world in the s, s, and early s.


This book is scholarly where it needs to be—as when Hajdu teases out the writing credi Absolutely terrific. A good idea done right.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Lush Life has sparked an enthusiastic revival of interest in Strayhorn’s work and is already acknowledged as a jazz classic.

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An incredibly creative musician, write, arranger, and a man beloved by many, many people. The internal soul of a servant who lived bioyraphy outwardly humble existence while stiflin Ours is an ex-library copy in transparent protective covering and usual stamps, stickers and barcode. As one of his friends told Hajdu, both Ellington’s and Strayhorn’s music was great, the difference was that Strayhorn’s “”was so full of feeling.