Lush Life – the songs of Billy Strayhorn with David McAlmont, Allan Harris and the Frank Griffith Festival Tentet.
The centenary of Duke Ellington’s arranger and co-composer, Billy ‘Swee’ Pea’ Strayhorn, is celebrated in a special words-and-music event created by Alex Webb and Frank Griffith. New arrangements of classics like Take The A Train, Satin Doll and Lush Life, are complemented by rarely-heard songs that evoke the spirit of this most sophisticated of jazz composers.
One of the UK’s most dazzling vocal stars, David McAlmont, is joined by rising American jazz singer Allan Harris and others to tell the fascinating story of the shy, gay genius who Duke Ellington called, ‘my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head’.
A Copasetic Production, written and curated by Alex Webb.