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Book Title: Lush Life: A Biography of Bill Strayhorn|
Date of issue: May 14th 1998
ISBN 13: 9781862070554
The author of the book: David Hajdu
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 640 KB
Edition: Not Avail
Read full description of the books Lush Life: A Biography of Bill Strayhorn:It took nearly two weeks to read this biography of the jazz genius, Billy Strayhorn. Every time I read a reference to a song, a singer, a film score, an event, I then closed the book and took a dive into YouTube or Wikipedia or Google images or Spotify to experience the reference for myself. I was up half the night listening to the South African jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin. She did a session with Duke Ellington in Paris. Billy Strayhorn played the piano (so gentle and smooth) and the Danish jazz violinist Svend Asmussen plucked the strings throughout. Ellington and Strayhorn liked the sound of the violin that way and insisted on this method for most of the album. I listened to “I’m Glad There is You” over and over and smiled as I thought of my own South African, Glen Retief.
The prose is nothing special, and the structure is straight-forward biography with a few flourishes, but Hajdu does he job--he points us to Strayhorn, unpacks the composer's life and music and brings us in close. I walked away with a lot of new music and a new hero.
Read information about the authorDAVID HAJDU is the author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn and Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina. He is a critic for The New Republic and a professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He lives in New York City."
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