Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2000

Jazz Trumpeter and Recording Artist Byron Stripling to Perform with Whitworth College Jazz Ensemble

Acclaimed jazz trumpeter and recording artist Byron Stripling will join the award-winning Whitworth College Jazz Ensemble for an evening of jazz done New Orleans bebop style. Compared to Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie by leading music critics, Stripling promises a night of exciting jazz that will keep toes tapping and fingers snapping.

Byron Stripling and the Whitworth College Jazz Ensemble, which has won first place at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival three times in the last four years, will perform Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth College. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through G&B Select-A-Seat at (509) 325-SEAT, through the Whitworth Music Office at (509) 777-3280, or at the door the evening of the concert.

In addition to his Saturday evening performance, Stripling will conduct jazz clinics for junior and senior high music students, Whitworth students, and the general public Thursday, Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. Both clinics will take place in the Music Building, Room 112. Admission is free. The clinics and concert are funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western States Arts Federation.

Since his debut at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Stripling has toured the country soloing with numerous music groups including the Boston Pops, the Vancouver Symphony and the American Jazz Philharmonic. A Count Basie Band alumnus, Stripling has recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton, along with The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and The GPR All Star Big Band.

Stripling, who holds a global reputation as an outstanding musician and performer, was selected by Conductor John Williams of the Boston Pops Orchestra as the featured soloist on the PBS television special Evening at Pops. From Broadway and Basin Street to the Ginza and London's West End, Stripling's burnished sound has entertained millions.

An accomplished actor and singer, Stripling has performed in Broadway musicals, television shows and films, including a critically acclaimed virtuoso trumpet and comedic performance in the 42nd Street production of From Second Avenue to Broadway.

Stripling has also been the voice of many commercials and TV theme songs, including CNN's 20/20, and he was a featured soloist on the worldwide telecast of The Grammy Awards.

Along with his many performance tours, Stripling conducts seminars and master classes at colleges, universities, conservatories, and high schools. His talent and motivational talks make him a favorite guest speaker among all age groups.


Dan Keberle, professor of music and department chair, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4582 or dkeberle@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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