Entries by Galen Demus

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 […]

Congrats to Maria Marmarou, 2021 Temple University Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award Recipient

Congratulations to our 2nd time recipient for the 2021 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award from the Boyer School of Music and Dance at Temple University, percussionist Maria Marmarou. Maria is a 2018 graduate from Kutztown High School in Pennsylvania. She  studied music with Dr. Willis Rapp. She participated in several all-state and national festivals […]

Billy Strayhorn: The Man and His Music, Presented at NOCCA

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), is the regional, pre-professional arts training center for high school students in Louisiana. The Jazz Division is designed to create not only a proficient Jazz performer, but a well educated and literate musician. The Billy Strayhorn Foundation had the opportunity to present about the life and music […]

“Strayhorn Sunday” series by Marlon Martinez shines a millennial light on the Strayhorn legacy.

Bassist, music director and jazz arranger, composer for the Marlonius Jazz Orchestra,  Marlon Martinez spearheads an innovative conversation he calls “Strayhorn Sundays”. Here in episode 4, Marlon breaks down the “Strayhorn Sound” with a Strayhorn arrangement  from 1946 titled “Hearsay”. Highlight, then right click the link below to check out Marlon’s in depth perspective.   […]

Congratulations to 2021 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award recipient Isaiah Keith

Congratulations to our 2021 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award recipient from the Eastman School of Music-University of Rochester, Isaiah Keith. Here is a bio highlighting some of his musical achievements: “Isaiah Keith is a jazz percussionist and vibraphonist from Havre de Grace, Maryland. After concluding his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware School […]

Billy Strayhorn to be inducted into the ISJAC Hall of Fame.

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 […]

Craft Recordings Launches “Small Batch” Series With One-Step AAA John Coltrane’s “Lush Life” Album

Los Angeles, CA ( January 14,2021)—Craft Recordings today announced its first lavishly packaged and produced “Small Batch” series release: John Coltrane’s Lush Life, an original 1961 Prestige monophonic release recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in his Hackensack, NJ living room studio. The record consists of unissued tracks recorded in three sessions, two in 1957 and one in […]