* Finding Strayhorn: Exploring the Billy Strayhorn Collection at the Library of Congress

June 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Library of Congress, Mumford Room, James Madison Building
101 Independence Ave SE
DC 20540

In November 2018, the Library of Congress announced it acquired a collection of Billy Strayhorn’s historical documents – over 18,000 papers – that range from manuscripts to financial accounts during his time as one of the chief arrangers and collaborators for Duke Ellington.

As part of the D.C. Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress is hosting a combined performance and panel event to formally introduce the collection to the public. Chris Potter, the versatile and dexterous saxophonist, will sit on the panel and perform.

The panel will also consist of David Hajdu, the music critic who wrote the most definitive biography of Strayhorn, Lush Life, and kicked off the scholarly study of him, Dr. Walter van de Leur, who wrote the definitive analysis of Strayhorn’s music, Something to Live For,  and A. Alyce Claerbaut, President, Strayhorn Songs, and Gregory A. Morris, PhD, Strayhorn’s niece and nephew.

Seating is general admission, first-come, first served.



Jackson Sinnenberg

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Jackson Sinnenberg is an Associate Producer for SiriusXM and a freelance writer. His work has appeared in the JazzTimes. NPR Music, NPR.org, the Washington City Paper and On Tap Magazine and the blog of Smithsonian Folkways Records. He previously covered the city’s music scene for WGTB, Georgetown University’s radio station, where he was a show host, writer, and columnist. He graduated from Georgetown with a bachelor’s degree in American Musical Culture. Read him at sinnenbergmusic.com. Follow him at @sinnenbergmusic.

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