Good news from the energetic and devoted Michael Hashim:
On Thursday, November 21st, The Billy Strayhorn Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Hashim, will present a free concert at the Miller Theater, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, at 7:30 PM.
Simply RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org and give your name and the number of tickets you need.
The fifteen piece orchestra will play some rare material by Mr. Strayhorn, including the New York premiere of a major work — and fully restored versions of classics like “Raincheck” and “Chelsea Bridge” as well as some surprises.
This band is so truly All-Star that I must list the full line-up below. If that isn’t enough, we will also have a presentation by the renowned author David Hajdu, Strayhorn’s biographer.
And remember: we DO NOT want your money. We really, sincerely, want YOU!! All of you!! Thanks and see you there.
THE BAND: Rhythm section – Kenny Washington, drums; Mike LeDonne, piano; Kelly Friesen, string bass;
Saxophones- Michael Hashim, Ed Pazant, Scott Robinson, Tad Shull, Lauren Sevian;
Trumpets- Shawn Edmonds, Freddie Hendrix, Jordan Sandke, Marty Bound;
Trombones- Art Baron, Clarence Banks, David Gibson.
I can’t attend this, but I urge you to do so — it’s one of those heartfelt delights that New York offers to those who are able to savor them. I don’t have any video of this Orchestra, but here are Michael Hashim and pianist Spike Wilner performing two Strayhorn compositions: one obscure, the second famous.
LAMENT FOR AN ORCHID:
May your happiness increase!