Billy Stritch is playing at The Pheasantry. Don’t miss him.
Billy Stritch, pianist to Liza Minnelli and lovely singer and performer in his own right, is currently playing a few nights at The Pheasantry.
I attended last night, not in an official capacity, but simply because the opportunity was too good to miss. For anyone truly interested in the art of jazz cabaret, his work should be studied on their personally designed curriculum. His knowledge of his composers and lyricists, and execution of his craft are second to none. His style of both singing and piano playing are deceptively easy, seemingly like falling off a log.
I wrote up an interview I did with him last year, and you may want to have a look at that. I talk about his early talent and musical education, and his association with Cy Coleman.
His current programme is an eclectic mix of his favourites rather than following a particular theme, yet hang well as set with variety in genre and movement in the emotional arc. Included were numbers by Jule Styne, Burton Lane and Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as those who have been the subjects of his last two London shows, namely Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman.
The audience last night was greatly appreciative – and far too small.
Go and see him at the weekend.