Entries by Galen Demus

Pianist John DiMartino and his quartet swing through the work of Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn’s music has been an essential part of composer, arranger and pianist John DiMartino’s repertoire since the beginning of his forty-five year professional music career. He recalls, “My first encounter with Strayhorn’s music was through an older cousin who gave me a recording of Chet Baker and Russ Freeman’s version of Lush Life and […]

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts receives the Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Host City award

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in several disciplines, including jazz. NOCCA was founded in 1973, and some of its distinguished alumni include Terrence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr., Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty and Jonathon Batiste just to name a few. For the […]

Billy Strayhorn Songs and the Billy Strayhorn Foundation participate in JEN 2020.

The annual Jazz Education Network conference (JEN) in New Orleans proved to be a great start for jazz education and promoting the Strayhorn legacy. The conference bought together 3,000+ exhibitors, music artists, students and jazz educators in the “Big Easy”. There were over 250 jazz clinics, presentations and music performances over 4 days in January. […]

Strayhorn: The Man and His Music-presented in Phoenix

Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc., with the support of The Delta Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, presented a multi-media lecture on the life and legacy of Billy Strayhorn November 1st, 2019 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Phoenix, Arizona. Along with the presentation, artwork from Phoenix area youth, under the direction […]

Congratulations to our 2019 Litchfield Jazz Camp Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Award winners

Founded in 1997, Litchfield Jazz Camp serves about 300 residential and day students during a month-long program on the campus of the Gunnery School in Washington, Connecticut. Run by Litchfield Performing Arts (estb. 1981), a charitable organization dedicated to changing lives through music, the Camp’s philosophy is simple. They start with a faculty of amazing […]

Finding Strayhorn: Exploring the Billy Strayhorn Collection at the Library of Congress

Held June 12th at the Library of Congress in Washington DC., this special panel-and-performance event highlighted the personal collection of an important star in the jazz firmament, composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. Saxophonist Chris Potter, Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu, and jazz scholar Walter van de Leur, PhD, joined the composer’s niece, A. Alyce Claerbaut, […]

Congratulations to the 2019 Nashville Jazz Workshop Summer Jazz Camp Strayhorn Jazz Education Award Recipients

The Nashville Jazz Workshop Summer Jazz Camp is for students ages 13-19, and is suitable for all instruments and vocalists. Directed by Evan Cobb, the jazz camp features ensembles, masterclasses, ear training, repertoire building, phrasing/vocal expression, lyric interpretation, music theory improvisation class, jam sessions and more! This year we salute our 2019 Billy Strayhorn Jazz […]