Billy Strayhorn

Biography

Born: November 29, 1915; Dayton, OH   Died: May 31, 1967; New York, NY  
An extravagantly gifted composer, arranger, and pianist -- some considered him a genius -- Billy Strayhorn toiled throughout most of his maturity in the gaudy shadow of his employer, collaborator, and friend, Duke Ellington. Only in the '90s was Strayhorn's profile lifted to a level approaching that of Ellington, where diligent searching of the Strayhorn archives (mainly by David Hajdu, author of the excellent Strayhorn bio Lush Life) revealed Read more that Strayhorn's contribution to the Ellington legacy was far more extensive and complex than once thought. There are several instances where Strayhorn compositions were registered as Ellington/Strayhorn pieces ("Day Dream," "Something to Live For"), where collaborations between the two were listed only under Duke's name ("Satin Doll," "Sugar Hill Penthouse," "C-Jam Blues"), and where Strayhorn pieces were copyrighted under Ellington's name or no name at all. Even tunes that were listed as Strayhorn's alone have suffered; the proverbial man on the street is likely to tell you that "Take the 'A' Train" -- perhaps Strayhorn's most famous tune -- is a Duke Ellington song. Still, among musicians and jazz fans, Strayhorn is renowned for acknowledged classics like "Lotus Blossom," "Lush Life," "Rain Check," "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," and "Mid-Riff." While tailored for the Ellington idiom, Strayhorn's pieces often have their own bittersweet flavor, and his larger works have coherent, classically influenced designs quite apart from those of Ellington. Read less
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    Label: Milan   Catalog: 36692 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Billy Strayhorn,  Etienne Charry,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Charles N. Daniels  ... 
    Performer:  Boz Scaggs,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Mia Doi Todd,  Rathier Loane  ... 
    Conductor:  Oleg Kontradenko
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    A Tribute to Oscar Peterson / Andrew Litton
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2034 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry Warren,  Thelonious Monk,  Johnny Green,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Litton
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    Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 425 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emily Barker,  John Martyn,  Walter Donaldson,  Kenny Rankin  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Barker,  Claire Martin,  Carol Kidd,  Martin Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo,  Palladian Ensemble,  Avison Ensemble  ... 
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    Shades Of Gray
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3251 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Gernot Wolfgang,  Mark Carlson,  Bill Cunliffe  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Gray,  Bill Cunliffe,  Judith Farmer,  Joanne Pearce Martin  ... 
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    Shazam! / Brass Arts Quintet
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 4365 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Greg Danner,  George Frideric Handel,  Erik Satie,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Brass Arts Quintet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brass Arts Quintet
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    Ellington: Black, Brown & Beige / Falletta, Buffalo
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559737 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Billy Strayhorn
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Falling In Love With Duke Ellington
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63622 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Billy Strayhorn,  Victor Young,  Jimmie Davis  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duke Ellington Orchestra
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    Let's Dance / Eckert, United States Air Force Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT61652 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  John LaBarbera,  Arthur Johnston,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
    Conductor:  Joe Eckert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note
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    Essential American Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27851 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Louis M. Gottschalk,  Stephen Foster,  Edward MacDowell,  Scott Joplin  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario,  Salli Terri,  Molly Mason,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Neil Richardson,  John McGlinn  ... 
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    Commodores 40th Anniversary Celebration / United States Navy Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 63282 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Billy Strayhorn,  John Warrington,  Bronislaw Kaper,  Bryan Kidd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Navy Band
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    Great Motion Picture Themes
    Label: Sepia Records   Catalog: 1189 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Gold,  Manos Hadjidakis,  Elmer Bernstein,  Dimitri Tiomkin  ... 
    Performer:  Al Caiola,  Shelly Manne,  Gerry Mulligan,  Marilyn Monroe  ... 
    Conductor:  Don Costa,  Nick Perito,  Alfred Newman,  Jerome Moross  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher,  The Modern Jazz Quartet
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    John Williams & The Boston Pops - A Celebration
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001649302 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Vangelis,  Max Steiner,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Under The Influence / Dave Lee
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6151 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pink Floyd,  Weather Report,  Ewan MacColl,  Michael Nyman  ... 
    Performer:  David Lee,  Andrew Lynwood,  Simon Haram,  Andy Mackintosh  ... 
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    Duke Ellington By Arrangement
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48945 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Billy Strayhorn
    Performer:  John Barclay,  Alan Downey,  Pete Whyman,  David Roach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monty Alexander Trio
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    The Fabulous Swing Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68987 Release Date: 02/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph C. Garland,  Billy Strayhorn,  Louis Prima,  Various
    Conductor:  Glenn Miller,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Benny Goodman,  Tommy Dorsey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glenn Miller Orchestra,  Duke Ellington Orchestra,  Benny Goodman Orchestra  ... 
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    Duke Ellington - More Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68497 Release Date: 12/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Billy Strayhorn,  Ballard MacDonald,  Fred Fisher  ... 
    Performer:  Junior Raglan,  Sonny Greer,  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Conductor:  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duke Ellington Orchestra
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    Love Is The Thing / Lena Horne
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 66473 Release Date: 12/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matt Dubey,  Victor Young,  Harold Arlen,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Lena Horne
    Conductor:  Lennie Hayton,  Marty Paich,  Marty Gold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lennie Hayton Orchestra,  Orchestra
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    Duke Ellington: Mainly Black; Harlem; Sophisticated Lady; Etc.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 41119 Release Date: 11/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Billy Strayhorn
    Performer:  Alec Dankworth,  Nigel Kennedy,  Regina Carter,  Lewis Nash  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
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    Meeting Of The Spirits
    Label: Oxingale Records   Catalog: 2017 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miles Davis,  Ornette Coleman,  John Lewis,  Billy Strayhorn  ... 
    Performer:  Matt Haimovitz,  Dominic Painchaud,  Leana Rutt,  Amaryllis Jarczyk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  UCCELLO
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    Sophisticated Lady / Duke Ellington
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61071 Release Date: 09/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Billy Strayhorn,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Juan Tizol
    Conductor:  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duke Ellington Orchestra
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    Harry Allen Plays Ellington Songs
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 70448 Release Date: 09/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Billy Strayhorn
    Performer:  Kenny Washington,  Bill Charlap,  Harry Allen,  Peter Washington
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    The Amazing Buddy Rich - Time Being
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 6459 Release Date: 09/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Billy Strayhorn,  Thelonious Monk,  John LaBarbera,  John Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  Buddy Rich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buddy Rich Orchestra
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    Battle Of The Bands / Duke Ellington Vs. Count Basie
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63130 Release Date: 08/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Count Basie,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Spencer Williams,  Benny Moten  ... 
    Conductor:  Count Basie,  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Count Basie Orchestra,  Duke Ellington Orchestra
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    Roots - My Life, My Song / Jessye Norman
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 764263 Release Date: 06/15/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Billy Strayhorn,  Thelonious Monk  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman
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    Pops On Stage / John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412132 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Marvin Hamlisch,  Barry Mann,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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