Big Band Evening: Strayhorn Known and Unknown
A Salute to Strayhorn celebrates the music and legacy of an original American voice, and the addition of his papers to the Library’s major holdings in jazz. This three-day minifestival presents two remarkable concerts, lectures, a panel and film screenings: a unique offering curated from the riches of the Billy Strayhorn Collection—nearly 8,000 documents, including manuscripts, sketches, photographs and business papers. Expert Strayhorn scholars examine the composer’s career, from his earliest years in Pittsburgh through his 28-year collaboration with Duke Ellington. And our Pickford Theater will be screening Paris Blues and Anatomy of a Murder, for a look at Strayhorn’s representation in the realm of film. Loren Schoenberg, Senior Scholar at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, has delved into the archives to program a wonderful big-band evening that will bring to life both great Strayhorn classics and a few sparkling gems heard for the first time.
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Washington, DC 20540