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Jazz: Billy Strayhorn

11/30/09 9:00PM By George Thomas

We celebrate the birthday of Duke Ellington's alter-ego, pianist Billy Strayhorn, hearing songs done by Duke's Orchestra, duets with Strayhorn & Ellington and vocalists including Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Hartman.

Playlist

9:00pm

Lush Life
Artist Name: Billy Strayhorn
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Billy Strayhorn-Piano, Vocals
CD/Album: Lush Life
Record co./Cat #: Red Baron 52760
Release Year: 1964
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:04pm

Tonk
Artist Name: Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Composer: Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Duke Ellington-Piano ; Billy Strayhorn-Piano
CD/Album: Duke Ellington/Solos, Duets And Trios
Record co./Cat #: Bluebird 2178-2
Release Year: 1946
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:07pm

Snafu
Artist Name: Louis Armstrong
Composer: L. Feather
Soloists: Louis Armstrong-Trumpet ; Billy Strayhorn-Piano ; Johnny Hodges-Alto Sax
CD/Album: C' Est Ci Bon
Record co./Cat #: Proper Records 24
Release Year: 1946
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:11pm

Raincheck
Artist Name: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Duke Ellington-Piano
CD/Album: The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition
Record co./Cat #: RCAVictor 63459-2
Release Year: 1967
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:16pm

Passion (aka A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing)
Artist Name: Johnny Hodges
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Johnny Hodges-Alto Sax ; Billy Strayhorn-Piano
CD/Album: Jazz Masters 35
Record co./Cat #: Verve 314 521 857-2
Release Year: 1955
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:19pm

Drawing Room Blues
Artist Name: Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Duke Ellington-Piano ; Billy Strayhorn-Piano
CD/Album: Duke Ellington/Solos, Duets And Trios
Record co./Cat #: Bluebird 2178-2
Release Year: 1946
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:25pm

Raincheck
Artist Name: Nick Brignola
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Nick Brignola-Baritone Sax ; Kenny Barron-Piano ; George Mraz-Bass ; Billy Hart-Drums
CD/Album: Raincheck
Record co./Cat #: Reservoir Music 108
Release Year: 1988
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:31pm

Lush Life
Artist Name: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: John Coltrane-Tenor Sax ; Johnny Hartman-Vocals ; McCoy Tyner-Piano ; Jimmy Garrison-Bass ; Elvin Jones-Drums
CD/Album: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Record co./Cat #: Impulse! 157
Release Year: 1963
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:37pm

Isfahan
Artist Name: Joe Henderson
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Joe Henderson-Tenor Sax ; Christian McBride-Bass
CD/Album: Lush Life - The Music Of Billy Strayhorn
Record co./Cat #: Verve 314-511779-2
Release Year: 1992
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:45pm

Satin Doll
Artist Name: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Composer: Strayhorn-Ellington
Soloists: Duke Ellington-Piano
CD/Album: The Best Of
Record co./Cat #: Capitol Jazz 31501 2
Release Year: 1953
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:48pm

Something To Live For
Artist Name: Lena Horne
Composer: Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Lena Horne-Vocals ; Donald Harrison-Alto Sax ; Rodney Jones-Guitar ; Mike Renzi-Piano
CD/Album: Seasons Of A Life
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 94265 2
Release Year: 2006
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

9:52pm

My Little Brown Book
Artist Name: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Duke Ellington-Piano ; John Coltrane-Tenor Sax
CD/Album: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Record co./Cat #: Impulse! 39103
Release Year: 1962
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:00pm

Take The "A" Train
Artist Name: Clark Terry
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Clark Terry-Trumpet ; Billy Strayhorn-Piano
CD/Album: Duke With A Difference
Record co./Cat #: Riverside/OJC 229-2
Release Year: 1957
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:03pm

Upper Manhattan Medical Group
Artist Name: The Steve Kuhn Trio
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Steve Kuhn-Piano ; David Finck-Bass ; Lewis Nash-Drums
CD/Album: Years Later
Record co./Cat #: Concord Jazz 4554
Release Year: 1993
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:12pm

Multi-Colored Blue
Artist Name: Roberta Gambarini
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Roberta Gambarini-Vocals ; Tamir Hendelman-Piano
CD/Album: Easy To Love
Record co./Cat #: Kindred Rhythm 1122
Release Year: 2006
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:18pm

Fantastic Rhythm
Artist Name: Bill Charlap
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Bill Charlap-Piano
CD/Album: Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 73550 2
Release Year: 2007
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:23pm

Honey Hill
Artist Name: Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra
Composer: Johnny Hodges
Soloists: Johnny Hodges-Alto Sax ; Billy Strayhorn-Piano ; Roy Eldridge-Trumpet
CD/Album: Roy Eldridge - Little Jazz: The Best Of The Verve Years
Record co./Cat #: Verve 314 523 338 2
Release Year: 1958
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:27pm

Mid-Riff
Artist Name: Duke Ellington
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Duke Ellington-Piano
CD/Album: Piano In The Background
Record co./Cat #: Columbia/Legacy 87107
Release Year: 1960
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:31pm

Satin Doll
Artist Name: Ella Fitzgerald
Composer: Ellington, Mercer & Strayhorn
Soloists: Duke Ellington Orchestra ; Ella Fitzgerald-Vocals
CD/Album: The Concert Years
Record co./Cat #: Pablo 4-4414-2
Release Year: 1966
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:34pm

Chelsea Bridge
Artist Name: Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, George Mraz, Paul Motian
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Joe Lovano-Tenor Sax ; Hank Jones-Piano ; George Mraz-Bass ; Paul Motian-Drums
CD/Album: Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 73550 2
Release Year: 2007
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:42pm

Lush Life
Artist Name: John Coltrane
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: John Coltrane-Tenor Sax ; Red Garland-Piano
CD/Album: Lush Life
Record co./Cat #: Prestige
Release Year: 1958
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

10:57pm

Baby Clementine
Artist Name: Billy Strayhorn
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Billy Strayhorn-Piano
CD/Album: Lush Life
Record co./Cat #: Red Baron 52760
Release Year: 1965
Note: Birthday: Billy Strayhorn 11.29.1915
 

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