From ‘Satin Doll’ to ‘Day Dream’, we have mixed 20 ‘Jazz‘ tunes written or co-written by ‘Billy Strayhorn‘. It has Ella Fitzgerald, David Sanborn, Archie Shepp, Jimmy Smith and many more.
PBS: Today, historians and scholars agree that Billy Strayhorn remains one of the most under-recognized American composers in history
All About Jazz : Within days of arriving in New York, after staying unhappily at a Harlem YMCA, paid for by Ellington, Strayhorn had moved into Duke’s palatial Harlem penthouse along with Duke’s sister Ruth, his son Mercer, and Duke’s girlfriend.
Some Came Running : An excellent place to start is the tribute record Ellington and his orchestra made shortly after Strayhorn’s deathâ€”in 1967, at age 52, of cancer of the esophagusâ€”…And His Mother Called Him Bill.
Answers.com : There are several instances where Strayhorn compositions were registered as Ellington/Strayhorn pieces (“Day Dream,” “Something to Live For”), where collaborations between the two were listed only under Duke’s name (“Satin Doll,” “Sugar Hill Penthouse,” “C-Jam Blues”), where Strayhorn pieces were copyrighted under Ellington’s name or no name at all.My Bling
Rifftides : The Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles paid tribute to Strayhorn last year near the fortieth anniversary of his death on May 31, 1967. Video of that ninety-minute production is now streaming in full on the internet.
jazzsight : Most of the time, Billy would be oblivious to the passing scenery, engrossed in a book and a gin cocktail below the window level of the seat.
National Endowment for the Humanities : Strayhorn was introduced to the pianist Aaron Bridges and the two soon began a romantic relationship. Bridges and Strayhorn found an apartment together on Convent Avenue in Harlem and remained partners for nearly a decade.
glbtq.com : Only one solo album of his own was released during his lifetime, and until the mid-1990s, not a single biography had been written about him.