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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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Meticulously researched and well written biography of Swee’ Pea. Seigel, Washington City Paper.

Cue For Saxophone Victor buy. I would recommend that future authors include a listening guideline to each chapter and post it either on author or publisher webpage. Ellington and Strayhorn liked the sound of the violin that way and insisted on this method for most of the album. Hajdu meticulously recreates this unusual agreement: Aug 15, Mark rated it it was amazing. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Billy Strayhorn was one of the greatest composers in the history of American music, the creator of a body of work that includes such standards as “Take the ‘A’ Train.

While Strayhorn, who rarely performed in public and recorded infrequently, has long been respected in jazz circles as an arranger and as the composer of such classic songs as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” “Lotus Blossom,” and “My Little Brown Book,” he has never really received his due as an independent artist.

LUSH LIFE: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn by David Hajdu | Kirkus Reviews

I want to delve deeper into the mind and soul of the subject- I can always consult an encyclopedia if I want the when and the where. Voting takes seconds so please participate! Oct 03, Jason rated it really liked it. 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.


Strayhorn had two favorite phrases: Get better wines for less money at nakedwines. Lifw gets deeply felt and non-mythologizing input from oof members of Strayhorn’s protective circle, including ex-lovers and close friends Lena Horne’s reminiscences are extraordinarily moving. Someday I’ll write the two-man play where Oife and Ellington are holed up in a hotel to finish a piece. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

Lastly, may be missing components, e. To ask other readers questions about Lush Lifeplease sign up. Hajdu is brilliant at capturing the essence of a time and place through well-chosen soundbites from hundreds of interviews, and narrative flourishes that go just a little beyond what the historical record justifies. Better World Books Ltd Condition: A good idea blography right.

A book that comes close to being a model biography. If you shop at any of the stores below, please initiate your purchase from All About Jazz.

Nov 18, Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this one over the course of maybe two or three days. Apr 08, Chris rated it it was amazing. Strayhorn would have been this year, and one could argue that he was one of the great 20th Century composers.

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Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Edition: It makes you wonder: Sign up to receive offers and updates: 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.


He puts Strayhorn in perspective, clearly establishing who and what he was. Billy Strayhorn was also sgrayhorn, gay and a small man in stature only. I read in the mornings now, when my brain–and focus–is clearer.

I walked away with a lot of new music and a new hero. While composing some of the most gorgeous American music of the twentieth century, Strayhorn labored under a complex agreement whereby Ellington took the bows for his work. The Music, Musicians And Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

Trivia About Lush Life: No notes or ANY markings. Like, a waitress would wait on us, and she’d walk away, and Strayhorn would say, ‘She’s great!

I want to be a part of the world of the subject note: I think it’s fair to hold biographies to a novelistic standard The Music of Billy Strayhorn would be good to check out. Only took me five years or so to finish off this one.

Hajdu’s Billy Strayhorn biography is not lusb the seminal work on 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 so doing, we understand Strayhorn’s importance as never before. But even so, they sometimes run into ridiculous social barriers.