Entries by Galen Demus


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 […]

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM).

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was first established in 2001 by John Edward Hasse, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate […]

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 […]