Byron Stripling's got that swing, and he also has that zing. When he last guest-starred with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, almost three years ago, the trumpet ace had the big crowd in stitches.
He was also consummately polished as he played and sang his way through jazz standards, filling them with grit and greatness. Stripling has a genuine love for the songs by such legends as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin.
“There were all these pretty words,” he said on his last visit here, “and they weren’t vulgar.”
Stripling attended the Eastman School of Music. He later played in the Count Basie Orchestra, both in the trumpet section and as a soloist, under the direction of Thad Jones and Buffalo's Frank Foster. He has toured with countless big names, from Dizzy Gillespie to Sonny Rollins.
He has virtuosity and soul, and he will be showing both when he returns to the BPO for a one-night tribute to Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Joining him will be singer Carmen Bradford -- and a dancer, too, named Ted Louis Levy.
Byron Stripling and the BPO: 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $29-$84. Call 885-5000 or visit bpo.org.