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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The real lushness Hajdu evokes in Lush Life comes with the details of Strayhorn’s imaginative life, with his smoky dreams of cocktails glowing forever in dreamy Parisian nights with just the right company at his elbow.

Lush Life by Hajdu, David

Book with a lean, else no other defects, no names, notes, or ANY markings. When you do, All About Jazz will receive a sales commission. This book is the result of lice incredible amount of research and interviews, and fills in the many blanks about Strayhorn’s mysterious life story. I want to be a part of the world of the subject note: Instead he ended up as the right-hand man of one of the most important figures in jazz, Duke Ellington.

Second, there’s the background thread of the civil rights movement.

Password Reset your password. Aug 07, Yvonne rated it really liked it. Strayhorn had two favorite phrases: The detail that Mr. Refresh and try again. I read this for the second time. Duke took many many bows, accolades and credits for pieces that Strayhorn had written throughout their long career Billy Strayhorn was “beyond category” to use a phrase favored by his famous collaboratorcapable of pf co 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.


Apr 04, Jim Willse biographj it really liked it. It’s a well-written biography; if I had to criticize one thing, it’s that the narrative hustles along from project to project, but never really probes into more than 4 or 5 close relationships of Strayhorn’s.

Used book in very good condition. European Jazz – Tales of Etruscan He lives in New York City. In his tremendously moving book “Lush Life: His wide-ranging research and interviewing set a high standard. May 18, Peterson Toscano rated it really liked it. We didn’t see it, but Strayhorn would see something there. He yearned for a career in concert music.

Search News by title. A genius at writing and arranging music, he also played classical piano and sang. 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.

A Biography of Billy Strayhorndoes a great service for all those interested in American music. First name strayhofn Last name.

Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. Bred to regard good manners as elevating, he purchased an etiquette guide that he read as intently as one might a novel. Hajdu’s Billy Strayhorn biography is not just the seminal work billt Strayhorn, and not just one of the great jazz biographies of all time; it is also, as far as I am aware, the best, most insightful tome on Duke Ellington.


In ways he needed Duke just as Ellington needed his genius. What caught me about it was Strayhorn’s ten mile stare on the book cover.

Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

I just love to listen to music that sets up a particular mood – upbeat, downbeat, funky, chill. Apr 16, Erica Pearson rated sfrayhorn it was amazing. Read on to view our project ideas We sent a confirmation message to. Ellington and Strayhorn liked the sound of the violin that way and insisted on this method for most of the album.

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Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. Billy Strayhorn was also black, gay and a small man in stature only. Book Reviews Astral Weeks: Thanks for joining the All About Jazz community! 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. This book is scholarly where it needs to be—as when Hajdu teases out the strayhlrn credi Absolutely terrific.

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