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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Please provide an email address. I don’t want the prose to hold me at arm’s length- ‘who’ ‘what’ ‘when’ ‘where’, etc However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help. His wide-ranging research and interviewing set a high standard.
My mind just boggled coming up with that analogy. I picked this book up on a whim in A finalist for the National Biograpjy Critics Circle Award Billy Strayhorn was one of the greatest composers in the history of American strayhor, the biograhy of a body of work srayhorn includes such standards as “Take the ‘A’ Train.
Read on to view our project ideas It’s an interesting piece of jazz history and that moral complexity is well- handled. Very Good None Edition: 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. Music biographies are hard by nature now Only took me five years or so to finish off this one.
My Content Membership has its privileges! But even so, they sometimes run into ridiculous social barriers. We’ll never know how things might have played out had he not passed away so young, but this book suggests how much we lost the day Billy Strayhorn died by painting a moving portrait of a courageous, uncompromising artist who was truly ahead of his time. Can he really know about a particular tone of voice, a particular expression, in a conversation he heard about at second- or third-hand?
Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Help us identify the world’s top jazz venues. It’s a well-written biography; if I had to criticize one thing, it’s that the narrative hustles along from project to project, but never really probes into more than 4 or 5 strayhoen relationships of Strayhorn’s.
Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn by David Hajdu
There was a problem adding your email address. Whites and blacks can dance together, but only if there’s a clothesline across the buography of the room; and a mixed-race band? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. It took nearly two weeks to read this biography of the jazz genius, Billy Strayhorn. Nov 29, Hannah rated dtrayhorn liked it. Meditating on a Riff by Steve Provizer Published: 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.
To ask other readers questions about Lush Lifeplease sign up. Paperbackpages. Lastly, may be ov components, e. A fascinating look at the life a famously reticent, inscrutable figure in American music history and strayjorn genius behind much of Duke Ellington’s compositional output. This book chronicles what has to be the most unique and intricate collaboration in the history of music: It would take a very hardened soul who could read this book and not be profoundly moved by the beautiful spirit of Billy Strayhorn.
He yearned for a career in concert music.
Lush Life (jazz song)
Strayhorn would have been this year, and one could argue that he was one of the great 20th Century composers. Their skills are more similar than complementary, and they don’t even work very closely together when they collaborate, but they still need each other and spark the best work out of each other. Nov 08, Ethan Swanson rated it it was amazing.
Get better wines for less money at nakedwines. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Billy Strayhorn was “beyond category” to use a phrase favored by his famous collaboratorcapable of spectacular co A fascinating look at the life a famously reticent, inscrutable figure in American music history and the genius behind much biograpyy Duke Ellington’s compositional output.
My advice to new listeners: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June No trivia or quizzes yet. Search Articles by aa. If Ellington is still larger than life, Hajdu’s treatment of Strayhorn might be considered, uh, life itself.
It really biographj you fall in love with Strayhorn – and sent me on a shopping spree for some of his recordings and compositions.
Strayhorn discarded public prominence in service to Duke Ellignton and his Orchestra.
Strayhorn is quiet, deep, obsessive, ahead of his time; Ellington brash, spontaneous, generous but patronising, unreconstructed he recruits Strayhorn as a safe chaperone for one of his many ex-girlfriends, Lena Horne, because he can’t stand the thought of another man getting her.
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