Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

It Happened Today in New York City

On May 31, 1967, jazz composer Billy Strayhorn died of esophageal cancer. A longtime collaborator with Duke Ellington, Strayhorn’s greatest contributions to the jazz canon include Take the A Train and the film score to Anatomy of a Murder among many others. A fiercely dedicated musician, Strayhorn continued to compose until the very end, submitting his last works to Ellington while in the hospital. Later, his ashes were scattered on the Hudson River in a small ceremony. He was 51 years old.

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