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My View: I’m In The Mood For Linda Purl

It was befitting that Linda Purl brought her musicianship to New York’s preeminent house of music, Birdand last night.  Ms. Purl’s significant acting abilities would make her an exceptional cabaret act on any stage, but her vocal and rhythmic skills merit  performing at “The Jazz Corner Of The World” with the resultant attentiveness and respect Birdland audiences have for accomplished musicians.  Paired this time with super pianist Billy Stritch and trio, the evening harked back to the days of the Golden Age of glamorous female night club vocalists. For me, “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” and the Birdland Theater had a big dose of it last night from Linda Purl. If you only get to hear her sing one song (I’m In The Mood For Love) it’s worth the (reasonable) price of admission. 

The musicians on that Birdland Stage last night also honored the venue’s storied history.  Listening to Billy Stritch play and embellish some of Tedd Firth’s arrangements was akin to hearing Brubeck playing Peterson.  Dave Finck (where does he find those bass notes?) with Ray Marchica’s exquisite drum sticks polished off a first rate music lover’s evening.   The best brings out the best..Check the photos of some of the Birdland audience last night.

LINDA PURL
BILLY STRITCH & LINDA PURL
BILLY STRITCH &LINDA PURL
BILLY STRITCH
LINDA PURL
LINDA PURL
ERIC YVES GARCIA & NICOLAS KING




EDA SOROKOFF & LEE ROY REAMS
JAMIE DEROY & KEN FALLIN
RIKI KANE LARIMER & KEN FALLIN
EDA SOROKOFF & DEBRORAH GRACE WINER
BILLY STRITCH & LORNA DALLAS
JAMIE DEROY & DOUG MAJOR
EDA SOROKOFF & LINDA PURL
BILL HUTTON & EDA SOROKOFF
PATRICK DUFFY & STEPHEN SOROKOFF
AFTER PARTY

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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. 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 Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com 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 Sorokoff@gmail.com

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