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This is a biography of Billy Strayhorn, who wrote and arranged many of the most significant music of the Ellington Orchestra between 1940 and 1967. Billy Strayhorn lived his too-short life in the giant shadow cast by Duke Ellington. He rarely shared the limelight with his mentor and leader. His compositions, of which "Take the A Train", "Lush Life" and "Passion Flower" are some of the best known, are increasingly important to younger musicians and to a wide public. Hardly a year goes by without the release of another album ...

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