The Jazz Genius of Billy Strayhorn

January 28, 2015 in by mwhiteside

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2015 marks the centenary of influential composer and arranger Billy Stayhorn and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are delighted to pay tribute to Billy and his inspiring musical legacy.


Billy Strayhorn was a jazz genius  – a prolific composer, arranger and pianist.

Best known for his extremely successful collaboration with Ellington, Billy’s contribution often went unaccredited,  but it was in fact Strayhorn who wrote the Duke’s rollicking signature tune Take the A Train and the reflective Chelsea Bridge and it was Billy’s versatility that was pivotal to Ellington’s lush classical excursions such as Greig’s Peer Gynt, and the film score to Anatomy of a Murder.

Lasting nearly three decades, Billy’s music created an important and dynamic chapter in the history of jazz.  This concert offers a wonderful opportunity to explore Strayhorn’s repertoire – from the very familiar tunes to less well known pieces – a wonderful evening to remember.


Prices:  various – Free under 16 ad 16 – 26yrs just £5 if register at

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