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Billy Strayhorn Songs participates in the 2018 Jazz Education Network Conference

Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. and the Billy Strayhorn Foundation participated in the 2018 Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN) held this year in Dallas, Texas. The 3 day conference brings together jazz educators, students and artists to attend workshops and clinics related to jazz studies. It is also filled with live performances by some of the […]


Billy Strayhorn (1915–1967) Soundtrack | Music Department Composer, lyricist, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn’s career was inextricably linked to that of the great Duke Ellington. For nearly thirty years, the small, diffident guy with the gold-rimmed spectacles (nicknamed “Sweepea” by band members, after a comic book character) served as Ellington’s closest confidante and collaborator. He was also …See full […]

Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life Available on Amazon.com

“This lush paean to the composer explores the challenges he faced of being both black and gay, and his commitment to his own four freedoms.” —The New York Times Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life is a stunning collection of essays, photographs, and ephemera celebrating Billy Strayhorn, one of the most significant yet under-appreciated contributors to 20th century […]

Billy Porter and Renee Elise Goldsberry to appear in readings of new Strayhorn play

SHARON EBERSON Pittsburgh Post-Gazette seberson@post-gazette.com 4:59 PM SEP 8, 2017 An all-star Broadway team with Tony Award-winners Billy Porter and Renee Elise Goldsberry and Tony nominee Norm Lewis will gather Oct. 2and 3 for readings in New Jersey and New York of “Something to Live For,” a biographical play about Pittsburgh jazz great Billy Strayhorn, […]

A. Alyce Claerbaut, President

A. Alyce Claerbaut presently holds the position of President, Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc. since 2010.   In this role she, along with other Board members, interacts with music publishers, producers and educators, particularly in jazz, to manage the rights and perpetuation of the Billy Strayhorn catalog. Ms. Claerbaut’s formal music training includes concentration in applied […]

William Ellington Strayhorn, Vice President

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I attended Point Park University. Employed by a local public power utility, I began a lengthy career in electric generation and then Nuclear Energy. Eventually, I worked at the Shippingport Power Station and later at the Beaver Valley Power Station. Supporting Nuclear Purchasing activities, my responsibilities focused on major Contract […]

Leslie M. Demus, Secretary

Leslie M. Demus is heavily invested in community service. She is a former trustee of the New Rochelle Public Library and currently on the board of the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. Ms. Demus serves on the board of Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc., a music publishing company, […]

John Strayhorn, Treasurer

John C. Strayhorn attended the University of Pittsburgh where he earned bachelor of science in psychology and master of arts in education. He has been employed with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for more than thirty-two years where he has held numerous positions throughout his tenure with Goodyear’s North American Operations. Strayhorn has served […]

Gregory A. Morris, Ph.D, Board Member

Gregory A. Morris, Ph.D. is a retired educator having served as Director of Reading and Literature for the Pittsburgh Public Schools and later as an Associate Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. Dr. Morris earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. Gregory’s […]