Henderson, Luther, 1919-2003

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1919-03-14
Death 2003-07-29
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Luther Henderson (b. March 14, 1919, in Kansas City, Mo.; d. July 29, 2003, in New York City) was an arranger, orchestrator, conductor, music director, and composer.

From the description of Luther Henderson papers, circa 1930-2003 (bulk 1960-1995). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 767826594

Biographical Note

  • 1919, Mar. 14: Born, Kansas City, Mo.
  • 1936 - 1938 : Attended College of the City of New York
  • 1939, June 17: Married Tealene Nee Berry
  • 1940, Dec. 24: Son Denson born
  • 1942: B.S., in music, Juilliard School of Music, New York, N.Y.
  • 1944 - 1946 : Staff orchestrator, U.S. Navy School of Music, Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 - 1947 : M.A., in music, New York University
  • 1950, Mar. 19: Son Luther born
  • 1956, Sept. 14: Married Stevie (Muriel) Melzer
  • 1957, Sept. 20: Daughter Melanie born
  • 1958: Composed arrangements for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song
  • 1960: Composed arrangements for Do Re Mi
  • 1971, Jan. 30: Married Margo Semos
  • 1978: Arranger and orchestrator for Ain't Misbehavin'
  • 1981, Feb. 8: Married actress Billie Allen
  • 1988 - 1989 : Conducted and played piano for Broadway revival of Ain't Misbehavin'
  • 1992: Jelly's Last Jam nominated for Tony Award for best score
  • 1992: Jelly's Last Jam wins Drama Desk Award for outstanding orchestration
  • 1997: Play On! nominated for Tony Award for best orchestration
  • 1999 - 2000 : Collaborated with Sir Simon Rattle, Lena Horne, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on performances and recordings of Classic Ellington
  • 2002: Henderson and Billie Allen honored with a Pioneer Award at the AUDELCO "VIV" Awards
  • 2003: Little Ham nominated for Drama Desk Award for outstanding orchestration
  • 2003, July 29: Died, New York City
  • 2004: Posthumously honored with a Jazz Masters Award by the National Endowment for the Arts

From the guide to the Luther Henderson Papers, circa 1930-2003, (bulk 1960-1995), (Music Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Musicals--Scores
  • Arrangers (Musicians)
  • African American composers
  • Arrangers (Musicians)--United States
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States
  • Jazz--Lead sheets
  • Revues--Scores
  • Orchestrators
  • Revues
  • Jazz
  • Jazz vocals
  • Popular music--United States
  • Musicals--Excerpts
  • Orchestrators--United States
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Popular music

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  • United States (as recorded)