Honoring our Billy Strayhorn 2015 Centennial Honorary Committee for a fantastic centennial year!
Bringing together luminaries from entertainment, education and performing arts, the Billy Strayhorn 2015 Centennial Honorary Committee brought together an impressive list of individuals with a wide array of accomplishments expanding beyond jazz.
The Honorary Chair for the committee was (in memorium), jazz legend Clark Terry. The centennial honorary committee members all shared a vision to contribute to 2015 being a year of celebrating the life and music of the man affectionately known as 'Swee Pea'. To say the least, that vision was accomplished.
To all Honorary Committee Members, THANK YOU for your time and talent to perpetuate the continuing growing legacy of Billy Strayhorn.
The 2015 centennial vision was spearheaded by the Billy Strayhorn Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to celebrate the music and life of composer, arranger, pianist Billy Strayhorn and to develop an appreciation of his music among all people. The Billy Strayhorn Foundation supports this purpose through live music performance, lectures, and symposia.
The Strayhorn Centennial Honorary Committee, a project of the Billy Strayhorn Foundation, worked with community groups, artists, and performing arts organizations interested in creating events throughout the centennial year of 2015 which explored and expanded the musical legacy of Billy Strayhorn.
Our 2015 Honorary Committee members were;
Clark Terry, Chair (In Memorium), National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, educator and highly acclaimed trumpet player and member the great bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
Ann Hampton Callaway, Grammy nominated jazz vocalist
Tammy McCann, jazz vocalist, recording artist, music teacher/coach
Mark George, President/CEO Music Institute of Chicago
David Hajdu, award winning Strayhorn biographer
Walter van de Leur, Pd.D., award winning Strayhorn biographer/musicologist
Rob Levi, Emmy/Peabody winning Strayhorn filmmaker/documentarian
John Clayton, Grammy winning co-founder of the Clayton/Hamilton Big Band
Donald Harrison, award winning jazz saxophone player and composer
Ramsey Lewis, Grammy winning jazz pianist and recording artist
Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player and Chair of Jazz Studies- Temple University
Kevin Mahogany, acclaimed jazz vocalist and recording artist
R. Susan Motely, music promoter
Carol Adams, Former President/CEO DuSable Museum of African American History
Herb Jordan, music publisher/writer
Charles McPherson, acclaimed jazz alto saxophone player, recording artist and composer
The Duke Ellington Society of Washington D. C.
Allan Harris, acclaimed jazz vocalist and composer
Alex Webb, MA, Music Department Buckinghamshire New University, United Kingdom
The Duke Ellington Society of Toronto, Canada (TDES 40)
The Duke Ellington Society of the United Kingdom (DESUK)
Vernard Gray, producer, Be Mo Jazz/East River Jazz Project, Washington D.C-Baltimore
Filarmonica Laudamo Messina. Messina, Sicily
Bill Dobbins, Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media. Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Robin Bell-Stevens, Executive Director and CEO, Jazzmobile Inc.
Randy Weston, Jazz Pianist and Composer