BILLY STRAYHORN: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC, PRESENTED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE 

On April 10th Galen Demus, Jazz Education Coordinator and nephew of composer, arranger, lyricist and pianist Billy Strayhorn, presented to a class of graduate students in jazz studies an hour long presentation focusing on the life and contributions of Strayhorn in his collaboration with Duke Ellington and his orchestra, as well as his singular genius towards contributing to the jazz canon. Special thanks for the invitation from Professor Ansyn Banks, who teaches a semester long class on Duke Ellington using the 1993 book written by John Hasse: “Beyond Category-The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington”. The U of L class was both attentive and inquisitive, especially when gaining knowledge about Billy Strayhorn’s musical accomplishments before his collaborative years with Ellington. Pictured: Professor Ansyn Banks jazz studies grad class with Galen Demus (far left).