Luther Henderson & His Orchestra
Luther Lincoln Henderson, 1919, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 29 July 2003, New York City, New York, USA. When he was aged four, Hendersons family moved to New York City where they became neighbours of Duke Ellington, with whose son, Mercer Ellington, Henderson attended school. A graduate of Evander Childs High School in New York City, Henderson majored in mathematics at the College of the City of New York, graduating in 1938. His chief interest, though, was music, and he studied for a degree in music and also attended the Juilliard School of Music in the early 40s. After graduation from Juilliard, he was drafted into the US Navy where he became an arranger with the Navy jazz band, which included in its ranks Clark Terry.
After military service, Henderson returned to his studies, this time at New York Universitys Graduate School of Music from which he graduated in 1947. An early professional task was orchestrating Tropical...