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The Resource Lush life : a biography of Billy Strayhorn, David Hajdu

Lush life : a biography of Billy Strayhorn, David Hajdu

Label
Lush life : a biography of Billy Strayhorn
Title
Lush life
Title remainder
a biography of Billy Strayhorn
Statement of responsibility
David Hajdu
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was one of the most accomplished composers in the history of American music, the creator of a body of work that includes such standards as "Take the 'A' Train," "Lush Life," and "Something to Live For." Yet all his life Strayhorn was overshadowed by another great composer: his employer, friend, and collaborator, Duke Ellington, with whom he worked as the Ellington Orchestra's ace songwriter and arranger. Lush Life, David Hajdu's sensitive and moving biography of Strayhorn, is a corrective to decades of patchwork scholarship and journalism about this giant of jazz. It is also a vibrant, absorbing account of the "lush life" led by Strayhorn and other jazz musicians in Harlem and Paris. A musical prodigy who began a career as a composer while still a teenager in Pittsburgh, Strayhorn came to New York City at Duke Ellington's invitation in 1939; soon afterward he wrote "'A' Train," which became the signature song of the Ellington Orchestra, one of the most popular jazz bands in the country. For the next three decades, Strayhorn labored under a complex agreement whereby Ellington thrived in the role of public artist to Strayhorn's private one, often taking the bows for Strayhorn's work. Strayhorn was alternately relieved to be kept out of the limelight and frustrated about it. In Harlem and in the cafe society downtown, the small, shy black composer carried himself with singular style and grace as one of the few jazzmen to be openly homosexual. His compositions and elegant arrangements made him a hero to other musicians, but when he died at age fifty-two, his life cut short by alcohol abuse and cancer, few people fully understood the vital role he played in the Ellington Orchestra's development into a vehicle for some of the greatest, most ambitious American music of this century."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.S9325
LC item number
H35 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • discographies
Label
Lush life : a biography of Billy Strayhorn, David Hajdu
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-279) , discography (p. 281-293) , and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Something to live for -- Passion flower -- Overture to a jam session -- So this is love -- Beyond category -- I'm checkin' out, goom bye -- All roads lead back to you -- There was nobody lookin' -- Up and down, up and down -- Blood count
Control code
33405315
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 305 pages
Isbn
9780374194383
Lccn
95044707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of John Morthland Estate, 2016 (Access. No. 2016-110). From the library of John Morthland. Paperbound.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)33405315
Label
Lush life : a biography of Billy Strayhorn, David Hajdu
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-279) , discography (p. 281-293) , and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Something to live for -- Passion flower -- Overture to a jam session -- So this is love -- Beyond category -- I'm checkin' out, goom bye -- All roads lead back to you -- There was nobody lookin' -- Up and down, up and down -- Blood count
Control code
33405315
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 305 pages
Isbn
9780374194383
Lccn
95044707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of John Morthland Estate, 2016 (Access. No. 2016-110). From the library of John Morthland. Paperbound.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)33405315

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