SJI In The News
A column in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, by staff music critic John Pitcher, recounts a performance by the Eastman Jazz Ensemble (here's the link; see second item), which is associated with the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Pitcher writes:
Eastman has a terrific record of turning out successful jazz musicians. On Monday night, one of the school's most illustrious alums, trumpeter Byron Stripling, joined the Eastman Jazz Ensemble for an exhilarating set. As a trumpeter, Stripling had everything: a fabulous technique, an exquisite sense of phrasing and a tone that was both brilliant and brimming with emotion.Not being familiar with Byron Stripling, I did a little search and found his site.
A dynamic and charismatic performer, Stripling also has a powerful and earthy baritone voice, which he put to good use in such standards as "St. James Infirmary."