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Clark Terry and Gwen Terry

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268463

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268463.001.0001

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Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn

Chapter:
34. Billy Strayhorn
Source:
Clark
Author(s):

Gwen Terry

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268463.003.0034

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

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