|Byron Stripling and Doc Severinsen
Stripling, Severinsen and the NJO spent a good portion of the evening digging into the New Orleans repertoire, which made perfect sense given the city's importance in the development of jazz - and jazz trumpet playing. Highlights included "Bourbon Street Parade," "Basin Street Blues," "West End Blues," "St. James Infirmary" and a rousing closer - "When the Saints Come Marching In" - on which the two stars shared the solo spotlight with trombonist Greg Nielsen and trumpeter Dave Pruyn. The engaging humor and musical simpatico between the two horn players was a treat.
Stripling, an Atlanta native and alumnus of the Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Count Basie Orchestras, is artistic director of the Columbus (Ohio) Jazz Orchestra. He's an engaging horn player and fine singer who loves digging into the Louis Armstrong-New Orleans repertoires. In 1988, Stripling was picked to play the lead in the musical Satchmo: America's Musical Legend. After opening in New Orleans, the show played in Atlanta, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and North Carolina before closing in Boston.
Both guest artists were thrilled by the backing band. "One of the great gifts of Naples sits behind me," Stripling told the crowd. "They are the best of the best." To which Severinsen added: "You guys have got a red-hot band here."
|Doc Severinsen and the NJO