“Although not released until 1992, 25 years after composer Billy Strayhorn’s death, this is his definitive CD. Strayhorn is heard singing Lush Life while backed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1964. These are very valuable and intriguing recordings, shedding some light on a nearly invisible genius” – Jazz commentator Scott Yanow
“Though composed over the course of thirty years and spread out over dozens of albums by Ellington and his musicians, many of Strayhorn’s compositions are closely related musically and cohere as a whole within the canon of Ellingtonia: Strayhorn music.” David Hajdu, author of ‘Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn’ (Farar, Straus, Giroux, 1996).
Lush Life: Celebrating 100 years of Billy Strayhorn: Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Guest Vocalist and Pianist Johnny O’Neal Jazz at Lincoln Center concludes its 2015-2016 season by celebrating the centenary birth year of American music icon Billy Strayhorn. Guest vocalist and pianist, Johnny O’Neal makes his debut with […]