The ASO brought down the house with their Pops Orchestra under the baton of Michael Krajewski, and with performing guest artist, Byron Stripling.
Stripling is a renown trumpeter who has played jazz and other genres around the country. One aspect of his audience appeal is how well he works the house with his comedy routines and interaction.
In this weeks concert for the holidays, they did 14 different numbers, many of which were akin to being at Preservation Hall. Especially with numbers such as Minnie the Moocher and St. James Infirmary. And, of course, they played off at the end with When the Saints go Marching In.
Byron, who serves as Artistic Director for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, brought along one of his young piano geniuses, Micah Thomas, who was right downstage center, and was great when he ran through some of the ragtime numbers.
The Tribute to Louis Armstrong, which was the theme of the concert was one that Satchmo would certainly have appreciated; as did a full house audience. It was a great start for some Happy Holidays.