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My View: Valentine’s Week With Billy Stritch at Birdland

My View: Valentine’s Week With Billy Stritch at Birdland

It’s Billy Stritch with his Winter Valentine at Birdland this week, and his first night with special guest Gabrielle Stravelli filled the Birdland Theater with loads of romantic notes last night. 

You will love every note and lyric of this show.  Billy’s voice, his waves of chromatic harmonies that seem to come from four hands on the piano, and his exquisite selection of love songs.  He’s one of the few singers I’ve ever heard be effective singing the Johnny Mathis signature song, Chances Are.  Every night Billy has another “Valentine” with him.  For his first show it was the fantastic jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli….  Thur. Feb. 14th Sally Mayes, Fri. Feb. 15th Aisha de Haas, and Sat. Feb 16th Lillias White.  Billy has an excellent trio to play his arrangements, Michael O’Brien, bass, David Meade, drums, and the master on piano.

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Billy Stritch
Gabrielle Stravelli

Billy Stritch & Gabrielle Stravelli
My Valentine, Billy Stritch, Gabrielle Stravelli
Billy Stritch & Gabrielle Stravelli


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 thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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