Posted by on May 14, 2024 4:00 pm
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While many classic jazz standards live on for decades through countless covers, only a few speak to the queer experience with such profound resonance. “Lush Life” by Billy Strayhorn is a song that does just that, and this melodic masterpiece has echoed across generations, being covered by divas like Nancy Wilson, Donna Summer, Queen Latifah, and Lady Gaga.

Billy Strayhorn was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger known for his long-term collaboration with Duke Ellington and as the first openly gay jazz musician. Initially aspiring to be a classical pianist but shifting to jazz due to limited opportunities for black classical musicians, Billy Strayhorn met Duke Ellington in 1938 and impressed him enough to join his band in New York City.

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