Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lush Life

I'm captivated by the life and times of Billy Strayhorn, a close confidante of Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. He was from Pittsburgh, openly gay, artistically genius, and a New Yorker par excellence. David Hajdu's biography, Lush Life, swings away with Lena Horne, The Duke, Billie Holiday, postwar gay New York, and the arena where jazz met classical and became a beacon of black sophistication. Mid-century jazz is a rich motherlode of music that is ringing out to me at the moment.

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