A colorful trumpeter and singer with a wide range both in notes and styles, Byron Stripling is a real crowd-pleaser. Born in Ohio, he attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He gained attention when, after a nationwide search, he was picked to play Louis Armstrong in the musical Satchmo. Stripling has occasionally acted in other settings through the years and he has often portrayed Louis Armstrong in tribute concerts. When Dave Brubeck revived his 1960 show The Real Ambassadors for the Monterey Jazz Festival, Stripling filled in for Satchmo. He gained important experience as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra when it was led by Thad Jones and Frank Foster.
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