Trumpeter Byron Stripling came up in the Count Basie Orchestra, playing under the direction of Thad Lewis and Frank Foster. He has also recorded with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry and Buck Clayton. He can play jazz in that bracing, gutbucket New Orleans tradition -- and that's what he'll be doing this weekend, when he joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for a Mardi Gras program tonight and Saturday.
Stripling promises to play "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," "Basin Street Blues," "Hello, Dolly," "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" and, of course, "When the Saints Go Marching In." A post-concert party in Kleinhans Music Hall's Mary Seaton Room will feature Buffalo's own Barroom Buzzards.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. today and Saturday in Kleinhans. Admission is $15 to $67. For information, call 885-5000.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman