The BIlly Strayhorn Resources Page
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!
- Lush Life : A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
ML410.S9325 H35 1997
- Something to Live For : The Music of Billy Strayhorn
ML410.S9325 L48 2002 Also available in e-Book!
- Strayhorn : An Illustrated Life
ML410.S9325 S77 2015
Billy Strayhorn: Musical Scores
- Billy Strayhorn : An American Master Musical Score
M22.S9218 B554 2001
- The Art of Billy Strayhorn Musical Score
M22.S9218 A78 2010
- Billy Strayhorn : Lush Life : jazz play-a-long book & CD set for all instrumentalists Musical Score
M22.S9218 B555 1995
- An Army of Lions : The Civil Rights Struggle before the NAACP by Shawn Leigh. Alexander
E185.61 .A437 2012
- Anti-racism in U.S. History : The First Two Hundred Years by Herbert Aptheker
E185.61 .A62 1992
- Black Sexualities : Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies by Juan Battle, Sandra L. Barnes
E185.86 .B536 2010
- Seeing through Race : A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography by Martin A. Berger
E185.61 .B44 2011
- We Shall Vvercome by Herb Boyd
E185.61 .B774 2004
- Historic Landmarks of Black America by George Cantor
E185.53.A1 C36 1991
- Remembering Jim Crow : African Americans Tell about Life in the Segregated South by William H. Chafe, Behind the Veil Project.
E185.61 .R4 2001
- Speak Now against the Day : The Generation before the Civil Rights Movement in the South by John. Egerton
E185.61 .E28 1994
- American Experience. Freedom Summer Mississippi, 1964 Stanley Nelson, Cyndee Readdean, Susan Bellows, et.al.
E185.61 .F844 2014
- A Nation Under our Feet : Black Political Struggles in the Rural South, from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn
E185.2 .H15 2003 and e-Book!
- Road to Freedom : Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 by Julian. Cox, High Museum of Art. , Smithsonian International Gallery.
E185.61 .C875 2008
- Fear of a Hip-Hop Planet : America's New Dilemma by D. Marvin. Jones
E185.86 .J647 2013
- The Hip Hop Generation : Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture by Bakari. Kitwana
E185.86 .K58 2002 and e-Book!
- Black Communities and Urban Development in America, 1720-1990 by Kenneth L. Kusmer
E185.5 .B515 1991
- Enter the New Negroes : Images of Race in American Culture by Martha Jane. Nadell
E185.6 .N165 2004
- Black on White : Black Writers on What it Means to be White by David R. Roediger
E185.61 .B586 1998
- Fly Away : The Great African American Cultural Migrations by Peter M. Rutkoff, William B. Scott
E185.6 .R87 2010
- From a Raw Deal to a New Deal? : African Americans, 1929-1945 by Joe William Trotter
E185.6 .T7 1996
- Isabel Wilkerson at College of DuPage by Isabel Wilkerson
E185.6 .W6852 2014
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
E185.6 .W685 2010
ML410.E44 H37 1993
ML410.E44 T38 2013
ML410.E44 C56 2010
ML410.E44 A3 Also available in e-Book!
ML410.E44 C6 1987
ML410.E44 N53 1999
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.
Website of the critically acclaimed 2008 documentary. Find information on Billy Strayhorn, his music, and information on the film maker, Robert Levi.
A brief overview of Strayhorn's life, as well as links to NPR's Weekend Edition as well as sound recordings.
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.
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
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
- Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the orchestra Listen Online!
- Day Dream : Complete 1945-1961 Sessions as Leader
MJ 12 .S8458 D39 2015
- Piano passion Listen Online!
- The Peaceful Side of Billy Strayhorn
MJ 12 .S8458 P433 1996
- Lush Life
MJ 12 .S8458 L874 1992
- Out of the Shadows Listen Online!
And on CD - MJ 12 .S8458 O98 2013
Billy Strayhorn Compositions
- Lush Life
Hank Jones, Bill Charlap, et.al.
MJ 12 .S8458 L874 2007
- Lush Life- Coltrane Listen Online!
John Coltrane, Earl May, Art. Taylor, Donald. Byrd, Red. Garland, Paul Chambers, Louis Hayes, Albert. Heath
- Lush Life: The music of Billy Strayhorn Listen Online!
Joe Henderson, Gregory. Hutchinson, et.al.
- 52nd Street Themes Listen Online!
Joe Lovano Nonet & Willie "Face" Smith.
- ..and his mother called him Bill - Newly recorded versions of Billy Strayhorn compositions
MJ 12 .S8458 A53 2001
- Storyville Masters of Jazz
MJ 12 .H634 J645 2006
- Cornell 1964
MJ 12 .M527 C676 2007
- Voice in the Night
MJ 12 .L58 V6 1999
- The George Lewis Solo Trombone Record
MJ 12 .L393 G4 2001
- Duke Ellington and Friends Listen Online!
- Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits
MJ 12 .E44 D8 1997
- The Duke the Essential Collection (1927-1962)
- At the Cotton Club
MJ 12 .E44 A883 2010
- Blue Rose
MJ 12 .C575 B5 1999
- Duke Ellington Live at the Blue Note Listen Online!
And on CD - MJ 12 .E44 D82 1994
- Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
MJ 12 .E44 D8 1990
- The Far East Suite Special Mix
MJ 12 .E44 F3 1995
- Ellington at Newport
MJ 12 .E44 E48 1985
- The Duke's Men Small Groups. volume I
MJ 12 .E44 D821 1991
- The Duke's Men Small Groups, volume 2
MJ 12 .E44 D822 1993
- ...and His Mother Called Him Bill - "In newly recorded versions of Billy Strayhorn compositions"
MJ 12 .S8458 A53 2001
- Such Sweet Thunder
MJ 12 .E44 S83 1999
- New Orleans Suite
MJ 12 .E44 N49 1987
- Never No Lament the Blanton-Webster Band
MJ 12 .E44 N489 2003