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MY VIEW: A Special Place Became Extra Special Last Night – Billy Stritch At The Friars Club

MY VIEW: A Special Place Became Extra Special Last Night – Billy Stritch At The Friars Club

It’s just another impressive super sized mansion in a city that has many architectural gems. What makes the Friars Club special is the fact that show business legends  have socialized and performed within it’s walls. Last night, with photos of some of the greatest entertainers looking down at him in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room, Billy Stritch, one of the most talented and creative musicians on the planet entertained his fellow Friars.  I don’t know if the velvet fog ever sang in the Monastery, but the closest you will ever get to his music is too hear Billy Stritch perform his Mel Torme’ show. It’s the definitive interpretation of Mel’s extraordinary musical genius performed by the unequaled artistry of Mr. Stritch.  It was truly a special evening in a special place and I think everyone’s eyes got a little moist when towards the end of his performance and informative narrative about Mel, Billy held up a note written by Mr. Torme’ to Stritch’s grandmother.  “ Yes, you have a very talented grandson.” 

Tom Hubbard, Bass, Rick Montalbano, drums, and special Steinway M provided by Sonny ArtCase Steinways

You can see Billy Stritch on stage at Tony Bennett’s 90th Birthday celebration tonight, and Sunday at The Carlyle with Jim Caruso as they start their Belemans residency.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this event go to

Billy Stritch sings Mel Torme'

Billy Stritch sings Mel Torme’

Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch

Jim Caruso & Eda Sorokoff

Jim Caruso & Eda Sorokoff

Stephen Sorokoff & Billy Stritch

Stephen Sorokoff & Billy Stritch

(For complete photos of Billy Stritch at the Friars go to


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. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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