The Billy Strayhorn Project
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Theater Off Jackson (map)
409 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
SEATTLE, WA – May 21, 2015 - Theatre Off Jackson (TOJ) proudly presents The BILLY STRAYHORN PROJECT, featuring Tyrone Brown and the Nate Omdal Trio, for three performances only, May 7, 8, and 9 at Theatre Off Jackson (TOJ) in the historical International District.
The BILLY STRAYHORN PROJECT is a celebration of the life and music of William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967), an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, arranger, and LGTBQ artist best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington lasting nearly three decades.
The BILLY STRAYHORN PROJECT features Tyrone Brown (lead vocals), Nate Omdal (music director and bass), Michael Owcharuk (piano), Jacques Willis (drums), playing original arrangements from the Billy Strayhorn songbook such as "Take the 'A' Train," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Lush Life.”
“Tyrone Brown and the able Nate Omdal Trio in “The Billy Strayhorn Project,” a loving celebration of the man musician Duke Ellington called ‘my right arm, my left arm … my brainwaves in his head, and his in mine.’ Brown resembles the prodigious Strayhorn somewhat, relates his too-brief life story, and sings the man’s haunting, hip and sophisticated tunes caressingly between swinging instrumentals.” – Misha Berson, Seattle Times
The BILLY STRAYHORN PROJECT is presented by Theatre Off Jackson (TOJ), a professional and sustainable arts venue presenting cutting-edge theatrical productions from the heart of the International District - http://www.theatreoffjackson.org/.