American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Strayhorn, William Known as "Billy.” 1915-1967. American jazz pianist and composer who spent the majority of his career as an arranger with Duke Ellington's orchestra. His compositions, most notably "Take the A Train,” earned him regard as one of the most sophisticated composers in the history of jazz.
“Strayhorn is best known for his work with Duke Ellington with his composition “A-Train” among others.”
“I’m pleased we have two high-profile independents running in Texas, even though Carole Strayhorn is pretty much repug-light, lacking the money to beat the Rick Perry warchest head on.”
“But when I started out, I had bought in to what I had read about Strayhorn, which is that he hadn't done much before Ellington found him and groomed him in his image.”
“Then the music shifted up-tempo to the Billy Strayhorn classic "Take the A Train," and dozens of couples rushed to the dance floor from their seats at long dining tables—several with canes.”
“For all his success as a composer (his most-played song is probably "Gingerbread Boy"), Mr. Heath's two birthday highlights were standards composed by his major inspirations, Charlie Parker ("Yardbird Suite") and Billy Strayhorn ("A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing").”
“The latter was particularly meaningful: While introducing it, Mr. Heath pondered Strayhorn's clever linguistics in devising the word "Lovesome," but then, perversely, his treatment of the flower was anything but lovesome.”
“Mr. Golson is widely considered among jazz's most prolific living composers, and heir to Billy Strayhorn and Tadd Dameron 's sensual-sophisticated style.”
“Strayhorn was referring to a fiasco at Ellington's 1962 birthday party, where Duke was presented with a set of 26 leather-bound volumes containing hand-copied manuscripts of his roughly 600 compositions.”
“Take Duke Ellington who, according to his friend and co-composer Billy Strayhorn, didn't "care about this sort of thing, you know—collecting his stuff.”
“I remember Duke Ellington was playing, and Billy Strayhorn.”
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