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Byron Stripling Pays Tribute To Satchmo
Ever since renowned trumpet player Byron Stripling made his pops orchestra debut with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the talented virtuoso has been in high demand, not only for his dynamic sense of tone, style and skill but also for his thrilling tribute to old Satchel Mouth himself. Returning to Grand Rapids for the fourth time, Stripling brings his popular Louis Armstrong-centred program to the DeVos Hall with his trademark charisma, sense of humour and spirited performance style. Wear comfortable shoes because you may want to get up and move to his groovy arrangements!
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Stripling found fame as a lead trumpeter and soloist in the Count Basie Orchestra straight out of college, which opened up doors to recording and live opportunities with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Tim Hall and Gerry Mulligan amongst other well known jazz icons. Not only is he a gifted hero of the brass, but like Louis, he can sing, regularly pulling out the all the vocal stops on classic Armstrong chestnuts including 'So You Know What It Means', 'Sunny Side of the Street' and 'I'm Confessing That I Love You'.
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