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The Billy Strayhorn Resource Guide


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Welcome to the Billy Strayhorn Resource Guide complied by the College of DuPage Library.

This guide includes resources on Billy Strayhorn, sound recordings by Strayhorn and others, including Duke Ellington, and the African American Great Migration and civil rights experiences.

Resources include books within the Library's collection, audio CDs, films, and websites.
Click on the tabs below to find books & videos, websites and sound recordings.

We hope you enjoy these resources!

  1. Books, Videos & Scores
  2. Websites
  3. Sound Recordings

Books About Billy Strayhorn

Great Migration / African American Experience

Duke Ellington

  • Beyond Category : the life and genius of Duke Ellington by John Edward Hasse
    ML410.E44 H37 1993

  • Duke : A Life of Duke Ellington
    ML410.E44 T38 2013

  • Duke : A Portrait of Duke Ellington by Derek. Jewell
    ML410.E44 J5

  • Duke Ellington's America by Harvey G. Cohen
    ML410.E44 C56 2010

  • Duke Ellington in Person : An Intimate Memoir by Mercer Ellington, Stanley Dance
    ML410.E44 E5

  • Music is my Mistress by Duke Ellington
    ML410.E44 A3 Also available in e-Book!

  • Duke Ellington
    ML410.E44 C6 1987

  • Reminiscing in Tempo : A Portrait of Duke Ellington
    ML410.E44 N53 1999

  • Select Websites

  • Billy Strayhorn
    The official website of the The Billy Strayhorn Foundation, Inc., this site offers a treasure trove of information about Bill Strayhorn, including biographical information, a discography, images and videos, news and events, and a time line of his life as well as quotes.

  • Independent Lens - Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
    Website of the critically acclaimed 2008 documentary. Find information on Billy Strayhorn, his music, and information on the film maker, Robert Levi.

  • PBS Biography - Billy Strayhorn
    A brief overview of Strayhorn's life, as well as links to NPR's Weekend Edition as well as sound recordings.

  • Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's Gay Composer
    Out Magazine's website includes this article on Billy Strayhorn's homosexuality, collaborations with Duke Ellington and biographical information. Includes links to audio and video recordings.

  • NPR - Talk of the Nation: Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composer Gets His Due.
    Audio Interview including Robert Levi, writer/producer/director of Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, David Hajdu, author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn; music critic for The New Republic and Alyce Claerbout, Billy Strayhorn's niece; vice-president of Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc.; executive director of Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra

  • The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts - Billy Strayhorn
    Brief overview of the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn collaboration.

  • Compositions and Sound Recordings

    Compositions written and performed by Billy Strayhorn, and compositions written by Billy Strayhorn and performed others are available in the COD Library. Some titles are available on CD and others are available via online streaming. You'll need your current COD library card to check out CDs or access the streaming titles from off campus. To access streaming titles, click on the "View Online" button.

    Music Performed by Billy Strayhorn

    Billy Strayhorn Compositions

    Duke Ellington