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In November 2018, the Library of Congress announced it acquired a collection of Billy Strayhorn’s historical documents – over 18,000 papers – that range from manuscripts to financial accounts during his time as one of the chief arrangers and collaborators for Duke Ellington.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