Billy Strayhorn, jazz pioneer & Duke Ellington protégé, finally gets the spotlight in ‘Halfway to Dawn’

Billy Strayhorn was a groundbreaking composer-arranger during the American jazz movement of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s and protégé of Duke Ellington. Strayhorn lived his life as an openly gay man who sidestepped the limelight and was largely unacknowledged for his pioneering musical achievements. Choreographer-director-writer David Roussève wants Strayhorn to receive some of the long … Continue reading Billy Strayhorn, jazz pioneer & Duke Ellington protégé, finally gets the spotlight in ‘Halfway to Dawn’