Entries by Galen Demus

The Doug Elmore Group: A Tribute To The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Bassist and bandleader Doug Elmore leads a lineup of Louisville jazz luminaries in a tribute to master composer/arranger Billy Strayhorn. The tribute will include many of Strayhorn’s classic collaborations with Duke Ellington including “Cotton-tail,” “Take the ‘A’ Train, “Lush Life’” “U.M.M.G,” and more.  The personnel includes Gabe Evens (piano) and Michael Hyman (drums) from the […]

Terell Stafford and the Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra present ‘The Harlem Nutcracker’

The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia returns to the stage with its annual holiday tradition-The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia Holiday Celebration, December 18th at 8pm at Penn Live Arts. The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, under the direction of POPS Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford, will present Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn‘s Harlem […]

Celebrating the Billy Strayhorn Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction

Pianist/composer/arranger Billy Strayhorn will be honored in an upcoming online event as a 2021 inductee to the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. The other inductees are legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn and singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester. Premiering at 8pm November 13th on the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Facebook and YouTube channels, the 2021 Songbook Hall of […]

Suite Life…A Celebration of Billy Strayhorn and Gene Kelly in Pittsburgh

You’re invited to the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre 14th annual benefit concert, Suite Life on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 8:00pm, honoring 2 of Pittsburgh’s 20th century entertainment legends, Billy Strayhorn and Gene Kelly.     The concert will be curated by John Shannon, Con Alma’s Music Curator, whose vision for the evening features vocalists Sierra Sellers, Quinn Shannon, Anita Levels, and Caroline McMahon Shannon with Leon Boykins (bass), Jason Washington Jr. (drums), Scott […]

Congratulations to Brenten Handfield, 2021 recipient of the Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award for the Litchfield Jazz Camp

Congratulations to Brenten Handfield, percussionist from Miami, Florida, who was our 2nd recipient of the Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award from the Litchfield Jazz Camp for 2021. This is the first year that Brenten has attended the camp in Connecticut, and it definitely was a great experience for him. We are happy to welcome […]

Congratulations to 2021 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award Recipient for the Litchfield Jazz Camp- Ruby Farmer

Congratulations Ruby Farmer, one of 2 recipients for the Litchfield Jazz Camp, receiving the 2021 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award. Ruby is a bassist from Brooklyn, New York who is multi talented. Along with singing, she is a trained classical guitarist. An awesome talent at 15 years old! We congratulate Ruby and are excited […]

Billy Strayhorn to be inducted into the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame

The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame celebrates lyricists, composers, and performers who helped to create “the soundtrack of our lives” with their contribution to American Popular song. Hall of Fame inductees are chosen based on factors including musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and body of work, innovation and superiority in […]

“Lush Life” makes President Obama’s 2021 summer music playlist

If you’ve followed Barack Obama’s career at all, you know that when it comes to music, books, art, and all things pop culture, he is something of a Tastemaker-in-Chief. As President, he and Mrs. Obama welcomed dancers, artists, and musicians into the halls of the White House for special performances and ceremonies—including a few where […]