Clint Holmes and Billy Stritch in
“Straighten Up and Fly Right”
100 years of Nat “King” Cole
Wednesday/Thursday, May 8/9 at 7:00pm
Friday/Saturday, May 10/11 at 7:00pm and 9:45pm
Birdland Theater is proud to announce that singer Clint Holmes and singer/pianist Billy Stritch will join forces for “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” a celebration of Nat “King” Cole. The special event will take place Wednesday – Saturday, May 8 – 11.
Join these two Birdland favorites and vocal legends as they pay tribute to the unforgettable Nat “King” Cole on the occasion of his 100th birthday! Long time friends Clint and Billy are thrilled to finally be joining their musical talents for a week of performances in the beautiful Birdland Theater. Musical selections will include “Route 66”, “Mona Lisa”, “Nature Boy” and many other timeless hits made famous by the master himself. They’ll be joined by Christian Tamburr and his trio and it’s a show you will not want to miss! Unforgettable indeed!
A beloved regular in Las Vegas and New York, Clint Holmes has headlined across the U.S., including leading venues such as Café Carlyle. Celebrated for his smooth vocals and finesse on stage, Holmes delivers masterful interpretations of cherished standards and classic popular hits. He earned an Emmy hosting his own variety show, and has received rave reviews for his newest release, “Rendezvous,” a star-studded jazz collective produced by eight-time Grammy-winner Gregg Field.
Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. His most recent nightclub act “Billy Stritch Sings the Mel Tormé Songbook” earned rave reviews from the New York critics. Stritch has appeared in cabaret venues across the nation as well as concert performances at the London Palladium, NHK Hall in Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro’s Municipale Auditorium. In New York, he has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and was onstage in the 2001 Broadway revival of 42nd Street, which starred Christine Ebersole. Their friendship laid the groundwork for a musical collaboration resulting in the CD, “In Your Dreams,” available on Ghostlight Records. Billy is also a songwriter and arranger, and his composition “Does He Love You” was recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. The single reached the number one spot on the Billboard Country chart, winning a Grammy Award and selling over five million copies along the way. He has arranged for many top performers and is a frequent collaborator with Liza Minnelli, having written the arrangements for Minnelli On Minnelli at the Palace Theater, Liza’s Christmas at Town Hall, and was musical supervisor and pianist for the Tony Award-winning, Liza’s At The Palace.
Billy has played and sung on numerous television shows including “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Oprah,” “The CBS Morning Show,” “The Today Show” and “Inside The Actor’s Studio”. He has three CDs to his credit and his latest “Jazz Live,” was released on Fynsworth Alley Records. He is the winner of the Nashville Music City News Award, a BMI Song of the Year Award, and four awards from the Manhattan Association of
Clubs and Cabarets.
$40 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
Birdland Jazz Club & Birdland Theater
315 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036