Entries by Galen Demus

Suite Life: Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash

Suite Life is an annual celebration of the life and legacy of pianist, composer and KST namesake Billy Strayhorn. For one night only, percussionist extraordinaire and Pittsburgh jazz icon, Roger Humphries and the RH Factor take the audience on a musical exploration that invokes Pittsburgh’s rich contribution to the history of jazz. The concert is […]

‘Halfway To Dawn’ world premiere spotlights Billy Strayhorn, gay-black composer who revolutionized American jazz

Composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn lived his life as an openly gay man during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s, an oppressive and homophobic era. ‘Halfway To Dawn’, a music and dance performance, recognizes the life of Strayhorn, who mostly shied away from the jazz spotlight and remains an under appreciated and acknowledged composer. ‘Halfway To Dawn’ will […]