Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director and trumpet virtuoso, Byron Stripling, has ignited audiences throughout the world. Stripling has become a favorite throughout the country, soloing with Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, and The American Jazz Philharmonic. He has also been a featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and performs at jazz festivals throughout the world.
An accomplished actor and singer, Stripling was chosen, following a worldwide search, to star in the lead role of the Broadway bound musical, “Satchmo.” Many will remember his featured cameo performance in the television movie, “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” and his critically-acclaimed performance in the 42nd Street production of “From Second Avenue to Broadway.”
Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra, under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Buck Clayton in addition to The Lincoln Center Classical Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and The GRP All Star Big Band.
Stripling enjoys conducting seminars and master classes at colleges, universities, conservatories, and high schools, where he is a favorite guest speaker to groups of all ages.
Stripling was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. Stripling lives in Westerville, Ohio with his wife, former dancer, writer and poet Alexis, and their beautiful daughters.
New York Times - - Peter Watrous
"Mr. Stripling stopped the show"
"Mr. Stripling is a powerful trumpeter, at ease with the most complicated and
detailed bebop lines and an open-armed Armstrong swagger."
Los Angeles Times - - Charles Champlin
"... one of the weekend's remarkable debuts... was Byron Stripling, a towering
and powerful trumpet player, who has been compared to a later Louis
Armstrong but whose lightning runs and startling intervals are right out of
bop. When he played ... the effect was of an abbreviated history of jazz in
St. Louis Post-Dispatch —John Huxhold
"His rapport with the audience was instance…he has pizzazz, he has
charisma…It was a thrilling ride."