Billy Strayhorn | Duke Ellington | Jazz | Sources
Billy Strayhorn: A Legend in Jazz
This comprehensive site includes a detailed biography, a timeline, photographs, a discography and more—all about Strayhorn.
PBS.org: Jazz: Selected Artist Biography: Billy Strayhorn
This Web page from the Ken Burns documentary Jazz includes NPRJazz.org audio features on Strayhorn’s life and on “Take the ‘A’ Train.”
Dr. Billy Taylor: Billy Strayhorn
On this site from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dr. Billy Taylor discusses Strayhorn’s music and demonstrates the composer’s swing vocabulary and chord voicings by playing some of his classics.
By David Hajdu
(North Point Press, 1997)
This Strayhorn biography was credited with rescuing the artist from mainstream obscurity.
Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn
By Walter van de Leur
(Oxford University Press, 2002)
Jazz researcher van de Leur analyzes original Ellington and Strayhorn compositions to show how Strayhorn’s critical sensibilities profoundly shaped the Ellington Orchestra.
The official Ellington site contains a bio, a photo gallery, a list of songs and information on the Ellington Orchestra.
PBS.org: Jazz: Selected Artist Biography: Duke Ellington
Learn more about Ellington and listen to song samples and audio features.
Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz
Browse this Library of Congress collection of more than 1,600 photographs of jazz greats from 1938 to 1948, including Strayhorn, Ellington and many more.
The Red Hot Jazz Archive
Learn about the early years of jazz, from 1895 to 1929. View a list of bands, read essays and more.
This online jazz portal includes an interactive class on Duke Ellington and a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s Ellington collection.
All About Jazz
Read columns, reviews, music guides and artist profiles, on jazz then and now.
Blue Note Records
Visit the online home of this jazz record label, established in 1939, for information on jazz news, artists, tour dates and info on how to buy the BILLY STRAYHORN: LUSH LIFE soundtrack.
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
By Barry Kernfeld
(Oxford University Press, 2001)
The third edition of this jazz tome contains three volumes and more than 7,750 entries written by jazz scholars worldwide.
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