Chapter Eleven Conclusion

Walter van de Leur

in Something to Live For

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195124484
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868711 | DOI:
Chapter Eleven Conclusion

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This concluding chapter looks at Strayhorn’s importance as a jazz composer, which lies first and foremost in his hundreds of contributions to the repertory of the Ellington orchestra. From the moment Strayhorn joined the Ellington organization in 1939 until his untimely death, virtually every performance and almost every studio session of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra did include arrangements and original compositions by Strayhorn. Through this work, he exerted an important influence on other composer-arrangers, including Claude Thornhill, George Handy, Gil Evans and Charles Mingus. As a tribute to his long-time collaborator Ellington recorded … And His Mother Called Him Bill, a widely acclaimed tribute album. The chapter concludes with an overview of the appreciation of Strayhorn in the decades after his death.

Keywords: Ellington; jazz composer; Gil Evans; Charles Mingus; Ellington orchestra; Claude Thornhill; George Handy

Chapter.  1897 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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