Entries by Galen Demus

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 […]

ENJOY THIS CONCERT BY THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA CELEBRATING STRAYHORN IN 2016 !

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 […]

Congratulations to the Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award Recipient from Temple, Patrick Hill

Led by world renowned trumpeter and educator Terell Stafford, the Temple University Jazz Band carries with it a stellar reputation for musicianship and jazz studies. This year, we congratulate our 2020 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award recipient, Mr. Patrick Hill. Patrick plays alto saxophone and completed his undergrad at another prestigious jazz music institution, […]

THE SILKROAD ENSEMBLE WITH YO-YO MA EXCLUSIVE LIVE RECORDING TO SUPPORT COVID-19 HUNGER RELIEF

The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma is honored to share an exclusive live recording of Billy Strayhorn’s iconic jazz standard Take the “A” Train as part of WhyHunger’s SongAid campaign. Leveraging the power of music, SongAid unites musicians and technology companies to bring awareness to complex economic, social, and environmental issues surrounding equitable access to nutritious food, and helps […]

The ‘Seven Tones Project’ for quarantined musicians, filmmakers highlights the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Great music and great movies can still be made — even if you’re sheltered in place. Paul Glenshaw offers that chance with his YouTube channel “The Seven Tones Project.” Paul is an artist, film maker, author and educator with more than 25 years experience working across disciplines in the arts, history and sciences. He hopes to […]