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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

34. Billy Strayhorn

Gwen Terry

University of California Press

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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