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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Albums

Out Of The Shadows
Out Of The Shadows
Storyville Records
2014
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Piano Passion
Piano Passion
Storyville Records
2006
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A Proper Introduction...
Victor
2004
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Billy Strayhorn
Victor
1987
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Cue For Saxophone
Victor
1986
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I Grandi Del Jazz
Victor
1979
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