Concert Review | Columbus Jazz Orchestra: Ellington homage brin...
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#1 Oct 28, 2009
I played Such Sweet Thunder when I was 16 with the Columbus Youth Jazz Ensemble. We borrowed the tune from CJO as well as a ton of Mingus' best.
#2 Oct 31, 2009
I'm afraid Mr Dwight Lenox is incorrect in stating that Lush Life was written by my uncle, Billy Strayhorn, for Frank Sinatra. The song was written long before Frank made an attempt to sing the ballad in a recording secession. Billy stated that he never originally had intended for it to be recorded but that it was just something which he wrote for himself and often went back to work on. He was surprised when one of his fellow musicians told him that Nat Cole had recorded the song at Capital Records.
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