Co-presented with EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL. David Hajdu, one of this country’s foremost music writers as critic (recently named music critic for The Nation) and author of several noteworthy books, will be here as part of the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival doings. This talk/discussion will focus on David Hajdu’s enduringly popular 1997 book, Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn (North Point), and subject of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s concert at Benaroya Hall this evening as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, “Celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s 100th Birthday.” "Hajdu gives Strayhorn his belated due as a distinct musical voice and an engaging, if conflicted, personality. Strayhorn's taste and wit, his relentless drinking, his lovers, his activism in Harlem cultural life and the civil rights movement, his generosity - all are sensitively evoked." - Christopher Porterfield, Time. David Hajdu’s other books include Positively 4th Street, The Ten Cent Plague, and Heroes and Villains. For more on all of the Earshot Jazz Festival, which runs through November 18, please see www.earshot.org.