Take a journey to the boisterous sounds of big-band jazz for one night only on March 22nd, when the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will be performing its New Orleans jazz concert, featuring trumpeter Byron Stripling, as part of the orchestra's Pops series.
The show features songs from the Mississippi Delta in particular with a focus on jazz and blues from Memphis to the Big Easy, including some old favorites like "Bourbon Street Parade," "When the Saints Go Marching In," and "What a Wonderful World."
Stripling has been compared to Louis Armstrong as a charismatic and talented musician, performing in orchestras all over the world. He is also the artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. His passion for jazz stemmed from his classical training, and the complex and distinctive genre felt like the "voice of America" to Stripling.
"The way New Orleans musicians — and Louis Armstrong — made music ... there was something good in it," Stripling said. "They'd make it and mix it in their 'gumbo' of music. [It] changed the world forever. When people would hear it around the world, they were transformed into what America was all about."
Stripling's soulful trumpet will not only be a treat for the jazz enthusiast — his skill will also entertain the novice listener who may not only appreciate Stripling's sheer capacity as a performer but also the memorable, catchy, and classic songs chosen to be played. — Alexandra Pusateri
Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents "New Orleans Jazz with the MSO Big Band featuring Byron Stripling" at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday, March 22nd, 7:30 p.m. $15.