As part of "A Moment in Time" Series, The Capitol Center Orchestra, under the direction of Clayton J. Poole, pays tribute to Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong today May 6th at 4:00pm. The tribute features the acclaimed Jazz trumpet Artist Byron Stripling. The performance will be held at the Capitol Center for the Arts with tickets starting at $20.
Since his debut at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Stripling has toured the country soloing with numerous music groups including the Boston Pops, the Vancouver Symphony and the American Jazz Philharmonic. A Count Basie Band alumnus, Stripling has recorded with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, and Lionel Hampton, in addition to The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and The GPR All Star Big Band.
Stripling was selected by Conductor John Williams of the Boston Pops Orchestra as the featured soloist on the PBS television special Evening at Pops. Fittingly, Stripling was chosen, following a world-wide search, to star in the lead role of the Broadway bound musical, "Satchmo."
Stripling has performed in Broadway musicals, television shows and films, including a trumpet and comedic performance in the 42nd Street production of From Second Avenue to Broadway.
From New Orleans to New York and around the globe, the legacy of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong is just as strong today as it has ever been and it continues to grow. For over fifty years, "Satchmo" personified the great American jazz art form. "Ambassador Satch" toured the world sharing his unique style and famous gravelly vocals. His hits included "Stardust", "What A Wonderful World", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Struttin' with Some Barbeque" and , of course, "When the Saints Go Marchin' In". In 1964 he knocked the Beatles off the Billboard Top 100 with his version of "Hello Dolly", which gave the 63 year old icon a U.S. record as the oldest artist to have a number one song.
Tickets are available now by calling 603-225-1111, online at www.ccanh.com, and at the box office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket prices: $45 Gold Circle, $35 Orchestra/Mezzanine, $20 Balcony.