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Billy Strayhorn

Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268463.003.0034
Billy Strayhorn

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In this chapter, Clark Terry talks about Billy Strayhorn, who was an extremely important member of Duke Ellington's orchestra band and Duke Ellington's alter ego. Clark describes Stray as a breath of fresh air. He was really friendly, suave, debonair, and confident of himself and his music. He made sure that things were done in a timely manner, no matter what kind of pressure had built up. He knew how to handle the heaviest of situations without showing worry. Duke had originally hired Strays as a lyricist when he was very young and found out that he was a great arranger and composer and loaded with ideas. On recognizing his talent, Duke gave him complete freedom to explore his super intelligence and talent and both developed a relationship of cordial professionalism and deep friendship.

Keywords: Duke Ellington; Billy Strayhorn; alter ego; lyricist; arranger; composer

Chapter.  641 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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