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Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center

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Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops “Uptown Nights" The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA March 1, 2019 The Philly Pops' “Uptown Nights," as the title implies, revealed itself to be a festive show that featured the music of the 1920s through the 1940s when jazz was the popular music of the Jazz Age, the Swing Era, and World War II. Those were heady times when jazz was a ...

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Byron Stripling: Byron, Get One Free...

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This is the 3rd album for former Lionel Hampton Big Band lead trumpet Bryon Stripling for the Nagel Heyer label. Joined by jazz stalwarts Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Charlap and the ageless, Frank Wess, Stripling focuses more on ballad standards than on his previous releases revealing a soft side to his playing. The blues inflected arrangement of Lover Man, for example, allows him to wax pretty with his full tone. Faster paced material has been forsaken. “Frank's Magic" has a 1940's ...

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Byron Stripling: Byron, Get One Free

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Byron Stripling accepts the mantle of Louis Armstrong.

Everything about Byron Stripling is good-natured. His trumpet playing is clearly understandable, fluent, and deeply influenced by Louis Armstrong. His singing is engaging and original while tipping its hat to Pops also. His two previous recordings, the 2000 Series initiating Striplingnow! (Nagel Heyer 2002) and his fully-assembled Satchmo lovefest, If I Could Be With You (Nagel Heyer 1010) support this. Stripling's new recording, Byron, Get One Free is a feel-good jazz recording ...

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Byron Stripling: If I Could Be With You: Byron Stripling and Friends Play Louis Armstrong

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Satch's 100th. The music on this disc has been mined from two previous Nagel-Heyer releases: We Love You Louis! -- The New York All-stars Play The Music Of Louis Armstrong (N-H 029) and Oh, Yeah-- The New York All-stars Play The Music Of Louis Armstrong (N-H 046). Both discs document live recordings made the Congress Centrum and Hanse-Merkur Auditorium, respectively, both in Hamburg, Germany (home of Nagel-Heyer). This disc of previously released performances is being released in the quasi-centenary of ...

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Byron Stripling: Striplingnow!

Read "Striplingnow!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A Most Interesting Tone. Count Basie Band trumpeter Byron Stripling has a tone that is a throwback to a bygone era. He has a vocal style that is the same. His trumpet style is an amalgam of Louis Armstrong, Cootie Williams and Roy Eldridge. Dirty yet precise, Stripling’s trumpet blows a blast of fresh air that provides a market foil to the Davis-Marsalis-Roney axis. Stripling’s vocal style recalls Armstrong, a tenor Johnny Hartman, and a Nat Cole, a little out ...


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