Billy Strayhorn was born on November 29th, 1915 in Dayton, Ohio. He is gaining recognition as one of the 20th century's great musical figures. His influence on jazz has been significant dating from his collaboration with Duke Ellington which began in 1939. Strayhorn is one of the most-recorded jazz composers in today's era. Learn more >

As the official publisher of the Billy Strayhorn catalog, Alfred Music/Belwin Jazz offers arrangements of some of Strayhorn's most significant compositions. Classic titles such as "Take the 'A' Train," "The Nutcracker Suite," "Peer Gynt Suite," "Chelsea Bridge," "Raincheck," "Satin Doll," and many more are available for various grade levels:

Marching Band

Brass Quintet

Jazz Ensemble



String Orchestra


The heirs of Billy Strayhorn, the Billy Strayhorn Centennial Committee, and music lovers around the globe are gearing up for the 2015 Billy Strayhorn Centennial! Don't miss your chance to participate and celebrate this great legend. Learn more >