Billy Strayhorn’s “Blood Count”

This is the story of one of jazz’s most heart-wrenching compositions, written on his deathbed by one of jazz’s greatest composers. Billy Strayhorn wrote “Blood Count” as he was dying of esophageal cancer in 1967 in New York City, creating lasting beauty from his last moments on earth.


“Blood Count” Art Farmer
“Requiem in D Minor” Mozart, Orchestra des Champs Elysées
“Blood Count” Stan Getz
“Blood Count” Duke Ellington with Johnny Hodges

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Published April 29th, 2019 by Bob Hecht

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