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‘Halfway to Dawn’ music and dance production highlights the life of Billy Strayhorn

Northrop announces its 2018-19 Dance Season featuring 10 remarkable dance companies, including David Rousseve/ Reality, the American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Northrop is a center of discovery and transformation that connects the University of Minnesota and communities beyond by celebrating innovation in arts, performance and academics. Written, choreographed and directed by David […]

International Jazz Day to be Celebrated Worldwide on April 30th. Special Events in Host City Saint Petersburg.

Paris, Washington, D.C. April 9, 2018 —The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock today announced the program for the 2018 edition of International Jazz Day, with events in Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), this year’s Global Host City, and over 190 countries around the world.   A series of educational and outreach programs […]

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

The 2018 Jazz Appreciation Month Poster is the second in a special three-year series featuring the center section of LeRoy Neiman’s Big Band, a large-scale painting that hangs on the first floor of the National Museum of American History. The JAM Posters from 2017 and 2019 feature the left and right side of the painting […]

March is National Women’s History Month

We celebrate some of the ladies of Jazz who musically touched Billy Strayhorn. We Salute: Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Marian McPartland, Hazel Scott, Ivie Anderson, Kay Davis, Joya Sherrill and Carmen McRae, just to name a few.

WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES wins big at the 2018 NAACP Theatre Awards

The musical tells the captivating story of musical genius Billy Strayhorn as he navigates a world rife with homophobia and racism: We see him develop relationships with jazz legends Duke Ellington and Lena Horne as well as his romantic partner for several years, Aaron Bridgers. Nominated for 8 awards, WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES won […]

Billy Strayhorn featured in a new book about African American life in Pittsburgh

SMOKETOWN; The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance, by Mark Whitaker, profiles a number of notable black figures from Pittsburgh and explores the intersection of their lives from the 1920s to the 1950s. Each personality, in separate chapters, provides an entree into a major “Smoketown” social, political or cultural development, be it sports, […]

Lena Horne Forever Stamp: Honoring a true jazz legend

As the nation observes Black History Month this February, the U.S. Postal Service® is proud to present the 2018 Black Heritage® Forever® stamp commemorating the life and legacy of legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne. The Lena Horne Forever stamp is the 41st in the Black Heritage Stamp series. It was dedicated by Deputy […]

Strayhorn playing “Day Dream” can be heard in the movie Phanthom Thread

Released on Christmas Day 2017, Phanthom Thread, starring Daniel Day Lewis, Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville has received several Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Music Score. Part of the music score includes Billy Strayhorn playing his composition “Day Dream”, from the 1960 album; The Peaceful Side.

We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Ever Told

We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told documentary film features the talents of international Jazz Masters George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams – all Pittsburghers – and explores the social conditions and historical events that conspired to make Pittsburgh one of […]