Entries by Galen Demus

Billy Strayhorn to be inducted into the ISJAC Hall of Fame.

Billy Strayhorn, along with 4 other trailblazing composers/arrangers, each having left an incredibly distinguished and absolutely unique body of work, have been named the 2021 inductees to ISJAC’s Jazz Composers/Arrangers Hall of Fame. The induction of  Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was chosen by ISJAC for his “collaborating seamlessly with Duke Ellington for almost 3 decades, his […]

Craft Recordings Launches “Small Batch” Series With One-Step AAA John Coltrane’s “Lush Life” Album

Los Angeles, CA ( January 14,2021)—Craft Recordings today announced its first lavishly packaged and produced “Small Batch” series release: John Coltrane’s Lush Life, an original 1961 Prestige monophonic release recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in his Hackensack, NJ living room studio. The record consists of unissued tracks recorded in three sessions, two in 1957 and one in […]

Billy Strayhorn sheet music now available digitally from Hal Leonard !

If you’re looking for Billy Strayhorn sheet music, you’ve come to the right place! Download and play premium sheet music from the jazz icon, including “Lush Life,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” and “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing.” Buying Billy Strayhorn sheet music has never been easier – instantly download to print, or view on your computer, tablet or […]

Suite for the Duo- Part 1, Now Available from Hal Leonard Music

Hal Leonard Music Publishing, through its subsidiary Sheet Music Direct, now has available for purchase: Billy Strayhorn’s ‘Suite for the Duo’-French Horn and Piano, Part 1. This piece has become very popular and sought after recently in jazz and classical music circles. Thanks to Hal Leonard for publishing this Strayhorn gem. To order your digital […]

Suite Life: A Celebration of Billy Strayhorn and Gene Kelly

This year, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is honoring their namesakes, 20th century entertainment legends, Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn for the first time, together at their annual benefit concert Suite Life set for Saturday, November 28th, at 7:00pm. The celebration also honors the November 29th birthday of Billy Strayhorn. This virtual concert, filmed on the Kelly Strayhorn stage, […]

Billy Strayhorn recognized in “The Music of Black Voices” tribute in Chicago.

On November 13th and November 14th, DanceVision2020 will present “The Music of Black Voices”, celebrating the history of black artist in music. This will be done through both music and dance. A collaboration between Ballet Chicago and Chicago’s Merit School of Music,  the performance includes these talented young artists doing a rendition of Billy Strayhorn’s […]

“Day Dream”, An Audio Drama, Premiers October 11th.

“Day Dream” is a radio play inspired by the life of jazz artist and composer Billy Strayhorn. It contrasts Billy’s journey, looking back on his life during a radio interview, with the journey of Andre, an aspiring jazz vocalist struggling to find his voice in today’s world. Released in 8 episodes starting October 11th, “Day […]


From the Archives: ‘Lush Life’, Celebrating the Life of Billy Strayhorn, was recorded in 2016 as a tribute to Billy Strayhorn’s 100 year centennial. Highlights include the musical direction for the show from pianist Dan Nimmer, contributions from renowned vocalist and  brilliant pianist himself Johnny O’Neal, swinging solos from Wynton Marsalis, and  the Jazz at […]