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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This book revealed a much more complex and challenged individual who actually wrote a ton of music for Ellington. This book chronicles what has to be the most unique and intricate luwh in the history of music: To view it, click here. He composed or co-composed many of Duke’s biggest hits, but was largely uncredited and unknown to the public.

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David Hajdu – Lush Life

I read in the mornings now, when my brain–and focus–is clearer. Fine in lice wrappers. Music biographies are hard by nature now Only took me five years or so to finish off this one. This is one of the best biographies I have ever read, and is definitely my favorite book by David Hajdu. As Aaron Bridgers recalled, “It was his constant message of encouragement and good cheer.

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However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help. European Jazz – Tales of Etruscan Then he really came alive. Eventually, though, his compositions moved beyond Ellington’s influence; as he grew increasingly depressed by his obscurity, he transcended the ghost-writing arrangement to achieve his own, dark style and a small measure of fame.

This book is scholarly where it needs to be—as when Hajdu teases out the writing credits for Ellington’s song catalogue—but also energetic, passionate and readable. The burning cigarette between his fingers. Jonathan Grobe Books Published: Lush Life has sparked an enthusiastic revival of interest in Billy Strayhorn’s work. Highly recommend this book to lovers of jazz and Ellington and Strayhorn fans in particular.

Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

First name and Last name. Hajdu’s Billy Strayhorn biography is not just the seminal work on Strayhorn, and not just one of the great jazz biographhy of all time; it is also, as far as I am aware, the best, most insightful tome on Duke Ellington.

Return to Book Page. A singularly moving portrait of Strayhorn, black, gay and all but entirely missing from the annals of Americana and jazz. The internal soul of a servant who lived an outwardly humble existence while stiflin May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.

Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn by David Hajdu

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Very Good None Edition: Billy Strayhorn played the piano so gentle and smooth and the Danish It took nearly two weeks to read this biography of the jazz genius, Billy Strayhorn.

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. Lush Life By Hajdu, David. It was a pleasure to listen to his work as I read along.


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This book is the result of an incredible amount of research and interviews, and fills i When I took a “History of Jazz” class in college, our professor didn’t billu that much time on Billy Strayhorn, but everything he said made a big impression: Hajdu sets the scene well enough but I felt the absence of a fuller evocation of the seductive, fascinating world of Duke and Strays, et al. Jazz Poll Help us identify the world’s top jazz venues. Film Reviews Green Book: Lastly, may be missing components, e.

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There was a problem adding your email address. Apr 16, Erica Pearson rated it it was amazing. Nov 18, Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it Shelves: Jazz fans, lovers lie Ellington’s music.

Lists with This Book. Farrar Ilfe Giroux, Aug 15, Mark rated it it was amazing. 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.