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Billy Strayhorn

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: November 29, 1915 | Died: May 31, 1967    

Billy Strayhorn

If you are familiar with the jazz composition, “Take the A Train,” then you know something about not only Duke Ellington, but also Billy “Sweet Pea” Strayhorn, its composer. Strayhorn joined Ellington's band in 1939, at the age of twenty-two. Ellington liked what he saw in Billy and took this shy, talented pianist under his wings. Neither one was sure what Strayhorn's function in the band would be, but their musical talents had attracted each other. By the end of the year Strayhorn had become essential to the Duke Ellington Band; arranging, composing, sitting-in at the piano. Billy made a rapid and almost complete assimilation of Ellington's style and technique. It was difficult to discern where one's style ended and the other's began. The results of the Ellington-Strayhorn collaboration brought much joy to the jazz world....
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  • Out Of The Shadows

    Storyville Records
    2014
  • Piano Passion

    Storyville Records
    2006
  • A Proper Introduction To Billy Strayhorn: Passion Flower

    Victor
    2004
  • Billy Strayhorn

    Victor
    1987
  • Cue For Saxophone

    Victor
    1986
  • I Grandi Del Jazz

    Victor
    1979
  • The Peaceful Side

    Victor
    1963
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