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Billy Strayhorn

Duke Ellington's alter ego and right hand man, Billy Strayhorn (1915-67) was born 100 years ago this weekend. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a unique talent and immense influence in the art of jazz arranging and composition.

1 hour

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Sun 29 Nov 2015 00:00

Music Played

  • Carmen McRae

    Something To Live For

    Performer: Billy Strayhorn.
    • By Special Request.
    • BRUNSWICK.
    • 4.
  • Carmen McRae

    Something To Live For

    Performer: Carmen McRae. Performer: Carmen McRae.
    • CARMEN MCRAE - BY SPECIAL REQUEST.
    • BRUNSWICK.
    • 4.
  • Duke Ellington

    Take The "A" Train

    Performer: Ray Nance.
    • DUKE ELLINGTON - THE BLANTON WEBSTER BAND.
    • 10.
  • Duke Ellington, Rex Stewart, Joe Nanton, Barney Bigard, Fred Guy, Sonny Greer, Juan Tizol, Otto Hardwick, Ben Webster, Wardell Jones, Jimmy Blanton, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown & Johnny Hodges

    Take The "A" Train

    • DUKE ELLINGTON THE BLANTON WEBSTER BAND.
    • 10.
  • Duke Ellington

    Chelsea Bridge

    Performer: Juan Tizol. Performer: Ben Webster. Performer: Billy Strayhorn.
    • Duke Ellington - the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 6.
  • Duke Ellington

    Chelsea Bridge

    Performer: Duke Ellington. Performer: Duke Ellington And His Band.
    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 6.
  • Duke Ellington

    Raincheck

    Performer: Juan Tizol. Performer: Ben Webster. Performer: Billy Strayhorn. Performer: Ray Nance.
    • Duke Ellington - the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 7.
  • Duke Ellington

    Raincheck

    Performer: Duke Ellington. Performer: Duke Ellington And His Band.
    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 7.
  • Johnny Hodges

    Day Dream

    Performer: Billy Strayhorn.
    • The Best of the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition.
    • 7.
  • Johnny Hodges & Johnny Hodges

    Day Dream

    • FOUR CLASSIC ALBUMS.
    • 20.
  • Johnny Hodges

    Charlotte Russe (Lotus Blossom)

    Performer: Billy Strayhorn.
    • The Jeep Is Jumpin'.
    • Proper.
    • 11.
  • Johnny Hodges

    Charlotte Russe (Lotus Blossom)

    • The Jeep Is Jumpin'.
    • Proper.
    • 11.
  • Duke Ellington

    Tonk

    Performer: Billy Strayhorn.
    • HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DUKE ELLINGTON CENTENNIAL EDITION.
    • RCA VICTOR.
    • 17.
  • Duke Ellington & Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn

    Tonk

    • HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DUKE ELLINGTON CENTENNIAL EDITION.
    • RCA VICTOR.
    • 17.
  • Duke Ellington

    Satin Doll

    Performer: Billy Strayhorn.
    • Love You Madly.
    • NAXOS.
    • 17.
  • Duke Ellington & Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Satin Doll

    • Love You Madly.
    • Naxos.
    • 17.
  • Louie Bellson

    Passion Flower

    Performer: Clark Terry. Performer: Juan Tizol. Performer: John Graas. Performer: WILLIE SMITH. Performer: Wardell Gray. Performer: Harry Carney. Performer: Billy Strayhorn.
    • The Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis Bellson.
    • CAPITOL RECORDS.
    • 6.
  • Louis Bellson's Just Jazz All Stars

    Passion Flower

    • JUST JAZZ ALLSTARS.
    • CAPITOL RECORDS.
    • 6.
  • Johnny Hartman

    Lush Life

    Performer: John Coltrane.
    • John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.
    • MCA.
    • 4.
  • Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

    Lush Life

    • John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.
    • Impulse.
    • 4.
  • Duke Ellington

    Isfahan

    Performer: Johnny Hodges.
    • The Far East Suite.
    • Bluebird.
    • 3.
  • Billy Strayhorn

    Isfahan

    Performer: Duke Ellington.
    • The Far East Suite.
    • Bluebird / Arista / BMG.
    • 3.
  • Duke Ellington

    Upper Manhattan Medical Group

    Performer: Dizzy Gillespie.
    • Ellington Jazz Party.
    • Columbia.
    • 6.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Upper Manhattan Medical Group

    • Historically Speaking.
    • Rhino.
    • 12.
  • Duke Ellington

    Blood Count

    Performer: Johnny Hodges.
    • ...And His Mother Called Him Bill.
    • Bluebird.
    • 3.
  • Johnny Hodges & Duke Ellington

    Blood Count

    • ...And his Mother called him Bill.
    • Bluebird.
    • 3.
  • Duke Ellington

    Lotus Blossom

    Performer: Duke Ellington.
    • And His Mother Called Him Bill.
    • Bluebird.
    • 9.
  • Duke Ellington & Duke Ellington

    Lotus Blossom

    • And His Mother Called Him Bill.
    • Bluebird/RCA.
    • 9.

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