Byron Stripling and Carmen Bradford’s chemistry lights up the stage as they take you on a journey through the most famous duets and solos recorded by two of jazz’s greatest legends. Byron and
Carmen provide a musical reincarnation of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
Featuring hits of the Great American Songbook, they recreate one of the most memorable collaborations in music history while entertaining and capturing everyone’s heart along the way.
One of America’s greatest musical claims to fame is the Great American Songbook. An unofficial collection of songs and genres, popular song created an “American atmosphere” during the 20s, 30s and 40s to sooth our psyches. None were greater champions than Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Both artists, individually and collectively, had an extensive list of recordings that were the soundtrack of this era. Together they got Americans through the eras of the depression, war, and post war.
Tonight’s program, through the talents of trumpeter Byron Stripling (aka Satchmo) and Carmen Bradford (as Lady Ella), takes us on a musical tour of songs like “A-Tisket A-Tasket,” “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “Basin Street Blues,” and those favorite tunes of the Gershwins. Our guests share an authentic collection of arrangements for the duo with our SOST that will have you tapping your feet to Bill Bailey, and maybe even crooning “Our Love Is Here to Stay” as you leave the Julie Rogers Theatre.