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My View: Something Historic Happening at Birdland

My View: Something Historic Happening at Birdland

Some of the most momentous moments in music have happened on the stages of Birdland.  Currently New Yorkers are witnessing performances by two of the world’s finest musician/entertainers in a musical salute to Nat King Cole that will add magnificently to Birdland’s storied history.   Clint Holmes and Billy Stritch have teamed up this week to produce an extraordinary musical event which tributes to Nat King Cole.  Clint Holmes is one of the most exciting entertainers and jazz vocalists this country has produced, and Billy Stritch’s enormous talents as a pianist, arranger and vocalist are world renowned.  Both of these giants equally share the stage during this show in Birdland’s new Theater.  The combination of the two jazz/pop superstars is breathtaking and the one negative is that you can only see it from May 8-11.  The word is out…. the seats will be scarce for this exceptional 4 night 6 performance Birdland special event.

Billy Stritch & Clint Holmes

Clint’s remarkable music director Christian Tambour was on piano & vibes.  Felix Molsand, Bass, John Davis, Drums.  

BIlly Stritch on Clint Holmes:

“Working with Clint is like a dream. We read each other like a book. He is so musical and we are so in tune with each other. When he goes left, I go right; we give each other space and room to shine and it’s just so much fun singing with him. The spontaneity we have in our music making is so fulfilling and joyful and I have the most fun with him on stage and off!”

Clint Holmes on Billy Stritch:

Billy is consummate … and generous , and always “ in the moment “ I have been looking forward to this for many years and it’s everything I had hoped it would be . He is a joy to collaborate with and inspiring to

(Full Article and photos of this show can be seen on Broadwayworld)

Billy Stritch & Clint Holmes
Billy Stritch & Clint Holmes
Christian Tamburr
Billy Stritch & Clint Holmes
Clint Holmes & Billy Stritch
Billy Stritch & Telly Leung
Eda Sorokoff & Jim Caruso
Billy Stritch & Sunny Sessa
After Party
Billy Stritch, Eda Sorokoff, Clint Holmes


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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