William Thomas Strayhorn or known as Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was a multi-talented arranger, composer, lyricist, and jazz pianist. He earned his own spot because of his massive contribution through collaborations with Duke Ellington. He was the great force behind the majority of Ellington's in-house sessions and musical pieces.
A musical genius at an early age, his passion, and love for music inspired him to work his way first on classical music and eventually jazz. He soon met his idol, Duke Ellington, and they had undeniable musical chemistry. Ellington became the father figure and Strayhorn weaved his magic through his works where the band successfully performed across many places including Germany and Italy.
Billy Strayhorn also pursued his solo career, showcasing his own signature rhythms, harmonies, musical structures, and orchestration. He was a proud member of the LGBTQ community, an influential voice amidst racism and homosexuality in the flamboyant world of music.
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