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Chicago Jazz Festival to celebrate Billy Strayhorn Centennial September 4th, 2015.

A “Billy Strayhorn Centenary Celebration”,  featuring Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra playing new arrangements of Strayhorn repertoire will be one of the highlights of the 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, September 3rd thru the 6th at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.

Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.

Strayhorn family member and Billy Strayhorn Songs President, Alyce Claerbaut states “We the members of Billy Strayhorn's family are honored that the Chicago Jazz Festival will salute the Strayhorn legacy on the occasion of his centenary. Chicago holds a special place in Billy Strayhorn's life and career as he served as musical director for the 1963 presentation of Duke Ellington's 'My People' at McCormick Place. Chicago was one of his favorite cities and he often spoke of his great respect for Chicago musicians."

Phoenix, Arizona to celebrate the Strayhorn Centennial

The official 4th annual International Jazz Day Arizona festival at

CityScape on April 30th will once again be one of many International Jazz

Day Events taking place worldwide.

Downtown Phoenix is joining the line-up of more than 196 countries

around the globe that will be participating in International Jazz Day on April 30th.

This annual event was officially designated in 2011, by the United Nations'

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the USA's form

of art gift to the World. We now celebrate jazz and the role it plays in uniting

people in all corners of the world. This great outdoor festival held at

CityScape features world-renowned jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence, along with

an all-star lineup of local, national and international jazz artists. This year’s

official International Jazz Day Arizona Festival (IJDAZ) will include celebrating the Centennial

of Billy Strayhorn, one of the greatest contributors to Jazz as a composer and

arranger. Hear some of his greatest hits such as, Take the A Train, Lush Life, Satin

Doll, Something to Live For, and Hey Buddy Bolden (a tune dedicated to the

founder of Jazz), just to name a few. 

WHEN / WHERE: Thursday, April 30, 11AM until 9PM. 

11AM to 2PM: Area school bands will be featured. 

4PM to 9PM: The Jazz Lovers Festival. CityScape, Downtown Phoenix at 1 East Washington St., Phoenix, AZ     85004


Reservoir Media joins promotion of Strayhorn Centennial Celebration

Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. co-publisher Reservoir Media Management (New York City) has helped to kick off the Strayhorn Centennial year with several collaborations to date. Reservoir recently partnered with BSSI to coordinate the WNYU radio interview with the Strayhorn estate on "The Phoenix" from New York. Reservoir also attended the 2015 Jazz Education Network conference in support of BSSI's jazz education outreach efforts.

A May 2015 viewing of the award winning documentary 'LUSH LIFE' and a Strayhorn panel discussion at New York University has also been coordinated thru Reservoir, as well as a November Strayhorn tribute by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Strayhorn information and updates can also be found on the Reservoir website, facebook and pininterest pages.

Thanks to Reservoir and their creative, energetic marketing team for helping to move the Strayhorn legacy forward!!


Strayhorn Centinninel ButtonEast River Jazz puts together its exciting year long "Celebrating Strayhorn" centennial program in Washington DC.

Mr. Vernard Gray, producer and curator of East River Jazz is presenting "Celebrating Strayhorn". For you jazz lovers, this is a creative lineup of conversations and performances honoring the legacy and 100th anniversary of composer-arranger William "Billy" Strayhorn. Most of the events will be free but donations will be appreciated. Please check our Events calendar for happenings each month. Also visit for info and updates. 

East River Jazz is an initiative that works to present jazz culture and music to underserved communities in the Washington DC. area.

East River Jazz


Clark Terry: Not Just A Jazz Jester


Trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso Clark Terry, a mainstay in the Duke Ellington and "Tonight Show" big bands has passed away at the age of 94. Mr. Terry was a vibrant fixture of entertainment and music education over several decades. Clark Terry spent his life sharing his great gift and one of a kind talent with the world, whether by performing for Presidents or pre-schoolers and plenty of people in-between, or by traveling the world teaching students everywhere.

Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. extends condolences to Clark's wife Gwen and the Terry family. Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. will continue to honor the life of Clark by keeping his name and legacy alive as the Chairman of our 2015 Strayhorn Centennial Honorary Committee.   

Billy Strayhorn Festival at Music Institute of Chicago Review ...

Strayhorn legacy shines at 2015 Jazz Education Network Conference in San Diego.

JEN (Jazz Education Network)  2015 provided a very good start to the Billy Strayhorn Centennial activities. The January JEN conference provided Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. and the Billy Strayhorn Foundation with several showcase opportunities that gave an impactful spotlight to  their  jazz education initiatives. Strayhorn family members led a presentation titled "Heirs to a Legacy", detailing the beginning process that led to Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. and its current day to day work involving music and print publishing, jazz education, Foundation outreach and preserving/enhancing Strayhorn and jazz music to a broader world audience. 

Conference attendees were also treated to a Strayhorn tribute concert performed by the Berklee College of Music professor and saxophonist Daniel Ian Smith. His quartet performed a wonderful hour long ‘Latin side’ tribute of several Strayhorn compositions.

Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. was also supported in its efforts by Alfred Music and Reservoir Media Managment. Print publisher Alfred provided 2 Strayhorn charts for raffle items as well as a handout listing the many Strayhorn charts they publish for musicians of all levels. Co-publisher Reservior Media Management provided a full page color ad for the JEN program book and attended several conference events in support of the Strayhorn legacy.

The 2016 Jazz Education Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.





Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month Poster 2015

2015 Jazz Appreciation Month poster pays tribute to Billy Strayhorn

In recognition of Billy Strayhorn's importance and centennial, The Smithsonian Institution decided that their 2015 Jazz Appreciation Month poster will feature Billy Strayhorn, with a lovely portrait by the African American artist Keith Henry Brown, who designed the 2011  poster featuring Mary Lou Williams. The annual JAM poster is a big deal—it's eagerly awaited each year, sought after, and many schools and organizations post it for years. The poster will be distributed through the US Department of Education, to 35,000 schools, as well as to US embassies and consulates around the world, to Smithsonian audiences, jazz educators, etc.

2015 is another year of wonderful centennial birthdays in jazz. Along with Strayhorn, 2015 also is the centennial year for Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.