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Uptown Nights with Byron Stripling

Byron Stripling, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Mar 1-3, 2019
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Fri, Mar 1, 2019
Doors open at 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 2, 2019
Doors open at 2:30pm
Sun, Mar 3, 2019

Byron Stripling, conductor and trumpet featuring Carmen Bradford, vocalist Ted Louis Levy, tap 

Byron Stripling, who sold out his memorable Ella, Louis & All That Jazz show in 2017, is heralded as a “powerhouse trumpeter gifted with a soulful voice and a charismatic onstage swagger.” Uptown Nights with Byron Stripling is something new for the POPS — he’ll explore a magical world of song and dance popularized in the clubs of the ’40s and ’50s. Inspired by Harlem’s famed musical hot spots like The Cotton Club and The Savoy, this swingin’ night of musical sensations focuses on Harlem’s heyday — a time when Duke Ellington’s orchestra was the house band, and Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ethel Waters showcased the classics! Vocalist Carmen Bradford and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy round out the package.

Helpful Information

This program, including intermission, is approximately two hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.

Discounted parking passes are available from select garages. For more information, please call 215.893.1999 or add a parking pass during checkout when purchasing your tickets.


We hope all of our guests will have a great time and make many memories at our concerts and events. Post your photos or videos on social media and include #phillypops for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any upcoming concert in the current or following season! Please refrain from flash photography in the concert hall. 

Enjoy the show!

Guest Artists
Byron Stripling

Byron Stripling


A powerhouse trumpeter, gifted with a soulful voice and a charismatic onstage swagger, Byron Stripling has delighted audiences internationally. As soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Stripling has performed frequently under the baton of Keith Lockhart, as well as being featured soloist on the PBS television special, Evening at Pops, with conductors John Williams and Lockhart. Currently, Stripling serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed, award winning Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

Since his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops, Striping has emerged as one of America’s most popular symphony pops guest artists, having performed with over 100 orchestras around the world including The Philly POPS, Boston Pops, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Dallas Symphony, to name a few. He has been a featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and performs at jazz festivals throughout the world.

An accomplished actor and singer, Striping was chosen, following a worldwide search, to star in the lead role of the Broadway bound musical, Satchmo. Many will remember his featured cameo performance in the television movie, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and his critically acclaimed virtuoso trumpet and riotous comedic performance in the 42nd Street production of From Second Avenue to Broadway.

Television viewers have enjoyed his work as soloist on the worldwide telecast of The Grammy Awards. Millions have heard his trumpet and voice on television commercials, TV theme songs including 20/20, CNN, and soundtracks of favorite movies.

Striping earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Buck Clayton in addition to The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and The GRP All Star Big Band.

Striping enjoys conducting seminars and master classes at colleges, universities, conservatories, and high schools. His informative talks, combined with his incomparable wit and charm, make him a favorite guest speaker to groups of all ages.

Striping was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. One of his greatest joys is to return, periodically, to Eastman and Interlochen as a special guest lecturer.

A resident of Ohio, Striping lives in the country with his wife, former dancer, writer and poet, Alexis and their beautiful daughters.

Carmen Bradford

Carmen Bradford , vocalist


Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Altadena, California, Carmen Bradford grew up with music in her home and heart. Following the footsteps of her great family musical legacy, she has carved out a place in music history for herself and plays an integral role in the jazz world. 

Bradford was discovered and hired by William Count Basie and was the featured vocalist in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. She has since performed and/or recorded with such talents as Wynton Marsalis, John Clayton, Nancy Wilson, Doc Severinsen, Tony Bennett, James Brown, Byron Stripling, George Benson, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, as well as the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the National Symphony, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, among others. Bradford performed on two Grammy Award winning albums with the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1980s and later collaborated on a third Grammy Award winning album, Big Boss Band, with guitarist George Benson.

Bradford began another chapter in her illustrious career as a solo artist with the critically acclaimed debut album Finally Yours and With Respect (Evidence Records), which established her as one of jazz music’s most diverse and exciting vocal talents. Her next release, Home With You (Azica Records), is a collection of piano/vocal duets with Shelly Berg.

Currently, Bradford makes guest appearances with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Ted Louis Levy

Ted Louis Levy, vocalist


ON THE STAGE: Ted Louis Levy made his Broadway debut in the smash hit Black and Blue, and returned to Broadway as Papa Jack in Susan Stroman and Harry Conick, Jr.’s Thou Shalt Not. For his performance as the Mikado in Ford’s Theatre’s production of The Hot Mikado, Levy won a Helen Hayes Award. 

CHOREOGRAPHY: Levy collaborated with George C. Wolfe and Gregory Hines on the choreography of Jelly’s Last Jam, for which he received a Tony nomination, a Drama Desk nomination and the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award. He also assisted in the choreography of Broadway’s Tony Award–winning hit Bring In ’da Noise! Bring In ’da Funk! 

TV AND FILM: Levy was awarded an Emmy for his television debut performance in the PBS special Precious Memories, and appeared in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X for his film debut. Also on the big screen, Levy appeared in the movie Bojangles with Gregory Hines. 

DIRECTORIAL DEBUT: The 1992 production Ted Levy and Friends, directed by Gregory Hines, celebrated Levy as one of America’s premier tap dance artists. Influenced by Hines, Levy then made his debut as director of Savion Glover’s Dancing Under the Stars at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Delacorte Theater. 

BACKGROUND AND BREAKTHROUGH: Levy’s professional training began in Chicago with Finis Henderson II, master tap dancer and former manager of Sammy Davis, Jr. Henderson encouraged Levy to pursue a professional career in the performing arts, which began at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.

In 1983, the POPS presented The Duke Ellington Orchestra with Mercer Ellington. Again, in 1997, four unforgettable Ellington hits powered the Standards show. In 2014, Classic Soul featured “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “Take the A Train”. Stripling himself performed an amazing Ella, Louis & All that Jazz! concert series in 2017. This new program features Ted Louis Levy, bringing tap to the POPS stage for the first time.

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