The Conservancy welcomes the extraordinary cabaret performers Gabrielle Stravelli and Billy Stritch to Hempstead House on Saturday, November 16 at 8 pm.
This remarkable pair met at the famed Manhattan jazz club, Birdland, in 2012 and they’ve collaborated on numerous original shows since. For Down for Double, Stravelli and Stritch have mined the Great American Songbook for beloved classics (Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart’s I Wish I Were In Love Again and Johnny Mercer & Matty Malneck’s Goody Goody) and more than a few lesser-known gems. The show features the pair’s seamless vocal blend, tight harmonies, scat singing, and playful banter and promises to be an unforgettable musical evening. Gabrielle and Billy will be joined by two of New York’s top jazz musicians: Pat O’Leary on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums.
Tickets include complimentary fine wines before the concert, and dessert and coffee after the concert.
This concert is generously sponsored by Sandy & Carol Krieger.
Listening to the jazz singer Gabrielle Stravelli is like imbibing a potent cocktail whose flavor changes as you drain the glass… a confidence and playfulness that recalled Ella Fitzgerald in her prime… – The New York Times
A powerhouse of individual expression… – The Village Voice
Conservancy Members: $45 per person
Non-Members: $55 per person
Purchase tickets online or call 516.304.5076.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her original songs and unique take on material from the new American songbook as well as classic standards. Most recently, Gabrielle headlined the 2019 Providencia Jazz Festival in Chile, the 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival, and led her own ensemble on four U.S. State Department-sponsored “Jazz Ambassador” international tours. In April, she released her fourth album, “Pick Up My Pieces: Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson,” which received rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, All About Jazz, HuffPost and The New York City Jazz Record, to name a few. She toured the U.S. promoting her 2017 album, “Dream Ago” which received 5 stars from the venerable Downbeat Magazine and raves from Jazz Weekly among many others. Other career highlights include premiering Rooms of Light, a song cycle by renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch, and touring the U.S. with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing Wynton Marsalis’s Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration. Gabrielle began singing at the age of 15 and has performed on stages from Amsterdam to New York, including the Caramoor Festival, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, Birdland Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Jazz at Chautauqua, Mezzrow, Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel, Trumpets Jazz Club, 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series, 54 Below, Merkin Hall, Iridium Jazz Club, The Garage, Fulton Theater, and more. Gabrielle has also performed with with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and has has been featured with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, among others.
Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scenes. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. The trio performed in New York and across Europe from 1983 until they disbanded in 1990. A chance meeting with Liza Minnelli in March of 1991 resulted in her asking him to create vocal arrangements for the record-breaking extravaganza Liza Stepping Out at Radio City Music Hall. In addition to his 25-year collaboration with Liza, Billy has served as musical director for Marilyn Maye, Christine Ebersole and Linda Lavin, and he recently completed a year on the road as pianist for the legendary Tony Bennett. His solo shows include tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman in concert halls and nightclubs across the U.S. and in the U.K. When he’s not on the road, he is the pianist for Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, an open mic variety show every Monday at Birdland, and he and Jim hold forth on Sunday nights at Bemelmans Bar in Manhattan’s famed Carlyle Hotel.
- November 16, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm