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Christine Ebersole & Billy Stritch at Birdland

By Stephen Sorokoff
Billy Stritch expressed it best with his Face Book post after the show…..
“I can’t explain the complete joy I derive from singing and playing with this unbelievably talented and lovely woman. Thank you Christine Ebersole for an amazing final show and a terrific send-off to the holiday season. And thank you Gianni Valenti for the opportunity to perform in New York’s finest jazz club Birdland and Jim Caruso for producing us and so many other great artists. Also thank you to the masterful musicians Tom Hubbard and Ray Marchica for their musicianship and unerring good taste. Christine, I can’t wait to do it again!”
“You folks are in the best place in NYC to be tonight!…..” A more accurate announcement was never given by Broadway at Birdland host Jim Caruso as he introduced Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch, who joined forces for an evening of sensational pop/jazz at “The Jazz Corner of The World.” They first met in 2001 when Christine was starring in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street and Billy was playing the role of Oscar the pianist. Billy likes to joke that his role was “pivotal” in the show but it was sure a pivotal moment in his distinguished career when the two of them realized their commonality in music. Unfortunately, they are not on the same stage often, but when it happens it’s one of the most creative and entertaining musical experiences an audience can have. Everyone at this SRO show was present because they knew what to expect from these great artists, but it was even better than anyone expected.
You can view the complete photos of this show on Broadwayworld.com

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. His articles and photographs can be seen in various New York and Florida publications.

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