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Billy Stritch and Gabrielle Stravelli: Mel and Ella Swing

Apr 11 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dinner and cocktail seating and service begins one hour before showtime.

Classic Vocal Jazz, Swing

A celebration of Mel Tormé and Ella Fitzgerald. Includes beloved favorites from the Great American Songbook (The Man I Love, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, Just In Time) and swinging standards from the world of jazz (I Won’t Dance, Lady Be Good).

Billy Stritch piano, vocals
Gabrielle Stravelli vocals

Pianist-singer Billy Stritch has been a presence on the New York and national nightclub scene for nearly four decades. He is perhaps best known for his 25 year position as musical director and pianist for Liza Minnelli and has also toured with Tony Bennett, Christine Ebersole, Linda Eder, Melissa Manchester, Marilyn Maye, Linda Lavin and many other top singers. His composition “Does He Love You” won the Grammy award in 1993 and was recorded 30 years later by Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, garnering another Grammy nomination in 2023. Gabrielle Stravelli regularly leads her quartet in performances at the country’s finest jazz clubs and performing arts centers and has headlined domestic and international jazz festivals including the 2021 & 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival in New Paltz, NY, the 2019 Providencia Jazz Festival in Santiago, Chile, the 2016 All That Jazz Festival in Eleuthera, Bahamas and the 2014 Maree Sonore Festival in Venice, Italy. Dream Ago, her 2017 release which consists primarily of original material, received a rare 5- star review from Downbeat Magazine.

“Singer-pianist Billy Stritch is the epitome of jazzy sophistication as he sings the songs of Mel Torme.” –David Cuthbert, New Orleans Times-Picayune


Crooners Main Stage
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN 55432 United States

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