Scholars and performers will celebrate the music and jazz influence of composer Billy Strayhorn with an all-day symposium Feb. 11 as part of Jazz Worcester's fifth annual jazz weekend at Assumption College.
Strayhorn, a composer, arranger and songwriter, worked in relative obscurity as a collaborator of Duke Ellington until Strayhorn's death in 1967. His standards include the tunes "Lush Life" and "Blood Count."Participants will discuss Strayhorn's music, his working relationship with Ellington, his compositional techniques and string writing. Musicians who will lead discussions and play his music include pianist Brooks Kerr, saxophonist Loren Schoenberg and bandleader-trumpeter Herb Pomeroy.