A black man with short hair and black-rimmed glasses sits pensively in front of a piano keyboard, wearing a red sweater and looking to the side, with one hand reading on his face and a lit cigarette between his fingers.  Text reads: As Duke Ellington’s long-time collaborator, Billy Strayhorn penned some of the world’s most definitive jazz standards. Nearly half a century after his death, however, Strayhorn’s musical genius remains unrecognized.

BILLY STRAYHORN: LUSH LIFE uncovers the mystery behind the complex life of this pioneering composer, arranger and pianist, bringing his rich legacy to light.

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