Billy Strayhorn, along with 4 other trailblazing composers/arrangers, each having left an incredibly distinguished and absolutely unique body of work, have been named the 2021 inductees to ISJAC’s Jazz Composers/Arrangers Hall of Fame. The induction of  Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was chosen by ISJAC for his “collaborating seamlessly with Duke Ellington for almost 3 decades, his work is not only evidence of a master arranger but a composer of numerous jazz classics and forward-looking compositions.” The others included in this stellar group are: Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock, Willis “Bill” Holman, and Charles Mingus.

The Hall of Fame induction award ceremony will be on line Thursday, March 18th at 8pm. For more information on viewing the presentation, go to-

  • The stated mission of ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Composers & Arrangers) is:
    1. To unite and serve the international community of jazz arrangers and composers
    2. To advance the understanding and appreciation of jazz composition
    3. To stimulate the creation, performance, and dissemination of new works and research                                      
    4. The Society has welcomed 1,300 members from across the US as well as from 46 other countries.