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Billy Strayhorn

Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to look over Billy Strayhorn's small catalogue of records under his own name as well as his collaborations with Duke Ellington.

The man who was Duke Ellington's amanuensis, co-pianist and arranger is not so well-known in his own right. In tonight's programme Ellingtonian specialist Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to look at Strayhorn's small catalogue of records under his own name, and also separates out his immense personal contribution to Duke Ellington's work for both large and small bands, as composer, arranger and instrumentalist.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 10 Oct 2010 00:00

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington

    Take The A-Train

    Composer: Strayhorn Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, Ray Nance, t; Rex Stewart, c; Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl; Johnny Hodges, as; Harry Carney, bar; Otto Hardwick, as; Ben Webster, ts; Fred Guy, g; Jimmy Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

    • Never No Lament - The Blanton Webster Band.
    • Bluebird.
    • 50857 CD 2.
  • Billy Strayhorn

    Lush Life

    Composer: Strayhorn Performers: Strayhorn solo p, voc; 1964

    • Lush Life.
    • Red Baron.
    • AK-52760.
  • Duke Ellington

    Blues A-Poppin'

    Composer: Cootie Williams / arr. Strayhorn

    • Duke Ellington - 1936-40 Small Groups.
    • Mosaic.
    • CD 7.
  • Duke Ellington

    Take The A Train

    Composer: Billy Strayhorn

    • Piano Passion.
    • Storyville.
    • 1018404.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Chelsea Bridge

    Composer: Billy Strayhorn Performers: Duke Ellington-piano; Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, Ray Nance-trumpet; Rex Stewart-cornet; Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown-trombone; Juan Tizol-valve trombone; Barney Bigard, clarinet; Johnny Hodges alto sax; Harry Carney- baritone sax, clarinet, alto sax; Otto Hardwick-alto sax, bass sax; Ben Webster-tenor sax; Billy Strayhorn-piano; Fred Guy-guitar; Jimmy Blanton, Jbass; Sonny Greer-drums. Rec. Sep. 26, 1941

    • Never No Lament- The Blanton Wesbter Band.
    • RCA.
    • 50857 CD 3.
  • Dutch Jazz Orchestra / Jerry Van Rooyen

    Tonk

    Composer: Strayhorn

    • Portrait Of A Silk Thread: Newly Discovered Works Of Billy Strayhorn.
    • Dutch Jazz.
    • 70089.
  • Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn - Drawing Room Blues

    Composer: Strayhorn Performers: Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn (p) 10 Jan 46

  • Johnny Hodges All Stars

    Lotus Blossom

    Composer: Strayhorn Performers: Taft Jordan t; Lawrence Brown, tb; Johnny Hodges as; Al Sears ts; Billy Strayhorn p; Oscar Pettiford, b; Wilbur de Paris d. NY June 1947

    • Johnny Hodges / Duke Ellington / Billy Stayhorn All Stars Label: Prestige.
    • 24103.
  • Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn - Johnny Come Lately

    Composer: Strayhorn Performers: Taft Jordan t; Lawrence Brown, tb; Johnny Hodges as; Al Sears ts; Billy Strayhorn p; Oscar Pettiford, b; Wilbur de Paris d; Joe Shulman b. 1950

  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Upper Manhattan Medical Group

    Composer: Strayhorn

    • Three Classic Album:s & More (Historically Speaking - The Duke/Duke Ellington Presents/Ellington 55).
    • Avid.
    • AMSC937 CD 1.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Up And Down, Up And Down

    Composer: Ellington / Strayhorn Recorded 1956

    • Sony.
    • 724383.
  • Billy Strayhorn Septet with Johnny Hodges

    Watch Your Cue

    Composer: Hodges / Strayhorn Performers: Shorty Baker t; Quentin Jackson, tb; Johnny Hodges as; Russell Procope cl; Billy Strayhorn p; Al Hall, b; Oliver Jackson, d. 14 April 1959

    • Lonehill.
    • 10191.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Blood Count

    Composer: Strayhorn Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Mercer Ellington, Cootie Williams, t; Chuck Connors, John Sanders, Buster Cooper, Lawrence Brown tb; Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, reeds; Aaron Bell, b; Sam Woodyard, d

    • And His Mother Called Him Bill.
    • RCA.
    • 185151.

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