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Ettore Stratta Birthday Gala

by Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 31, 2003
Birdland
315 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 581-3080

About the Author:

Ettore Stratta Birthday Gala

Stratta-Phillips Productions, Inc.
Patmusic2@aol.com

with
Many Featured Musicians, Dancers, Stars, and Guests

at
Birdland
315 West 44th Street, NYC
212.581.3080
www.birdlandjazz.com
Gianni Valenti and Andy Kaufman, Owners
Tarik Osman, Manager
(See Other Birdland Reviews)

By Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 31, 2003

When Pat Phillips, musical productions partner and wife of Ettore Stratta, throws a party, it's a five-hour-long event, with Singing, Classical, Bossa Nova, Jazz, Tango, and Surprise Guests, including children and grandchildren. The Photo Essay and related text below speak for the wide range of talent and musical genres that were represented in this Birthday Tribute to an acclaimed Producer of Music and Dance events. Ettore Stratta is a former composer, pianist, and conductor of international orchestras. I first met Pat and Ettore at Birdland, when ExploreDance.com reviewed three nights at the Django Reinhardt Festival (See Reviews). I also reviewed the Pablo Ziegler Quintet at Jazz Standard (See Review), another Stratta-Phillips Production. On March 31, Pat and the owners of Birdland, Gianni Valenti and Andy Kaufman, created a once-in-a-lifetime event, with a sold-out party and fusion jam of Classical, traditional and contemporary Jazz, Brazilian, new Argentine Tango, with the likes of Paula Robison on flute, Michel Legrand on piano, Cesar Camargo Mariano on piano, Regina Carter on violin, Hector del Curto on bandoneón, Brian Torff on bass, Grady Tate and Gal Costa as vocalists, James Carter on saxophone, Leonardo Suarez-Paz on violin, Borislav Strulev on cello, Romero Lubambo on guitar, Bill Charlap on piano, Pablo Aslan on bass, Alvester Garnett on drums, and Mariela Franganillo dancing Tango onstage with Junior Cervila. And, moreover, this is a small sample of the many esteemed musicians and special guests that performed or attended this special Gala Birthday Party.

For five hours, we were all entertained to rehearsed performances, solos, jam sessions, champagne, and birthday cake. There were few announcements and speeches, as the music was the tribute and the illustration of the numerous awards and accomplishments in the prolific career of Maestro Ettore Stratta, now partnered with the lively and lovely Pat Phillips, who darts around the room, during all their productions, to network musicians and to make guests feel welcome. Kudos to Pat Phillips for arranging this exciting event. Kudos to Birdland for creating just the right sound and space and ambiance. And, kudos to Ettore Stratta, for his accomplished and diverse career in music and musical productions. Happy Birthday, Ettore, and warm wishes from ExploreDance.com for many, many more celebrations.

The Party Begins


Ken Peplowski, Clarinetist (See Django Reinhardt Reviews)



Ettore Stratta -- Happy Birthday!! (See Other Stratta-Phillips Productions Reviews, Django Reinhardt and Pablo Ziegler Quintet)



Regina Carter, Violinist (See Carter Review)



Pablo Aslan, Bassist (See Avantango Review and Pablo Ziegler Quintet Review)



Brian Torff, Bassist (See Django Reinhardt Reviews)



Chris Lightcap, Bassist, and Vana Gierig, Pianist (See Regina Carter Review)



James Carter (See Django Reinhardt Reviews)



Kevin Prendergast, Jazz Video Producer



The Performances Begin


The New York Voices



Alvester Garnett, Drummer (See Regina Carter Review)



Grady Tate, Vocalist and Drummer (See James Moody Review)



Bill Charlap, Solo Piano



Gordon Lane, Drummer



Borislav Strulev, Solo Cello



Gianni Valenti, Birdland Owner (See Other Birdland Reviews)



Regina Carter's Quintet and Guests.


Regina Carter and her Quintet



Borislav Strulev and the Carter Quintet



Regina Carter on Violin Begins Jam of "Lady Be Good".



Alvester Garnett on Drums



Vana Gierig on Piano



Chris Lightcap and Alvester Garnett



Ken Peplowski



James Carter



Leonardo Suarezz-Paz, Violinist (See Avantango Review)



Leonardo Suarez-Paz and Vitali Imereli on Violins



Vitali Imereli



Pat Phillips, Event Organizer, and Husband/Maestro, Ettore Stratta



James Carter, Leonardo Suarez-Paz, Vitali Imereli



Offstage


Mariela Franganillo, Dancer (See Avantango Review)



Oscar Feldman, Saxophonist (See Avantango Review)



Andy Kaufman, Birdland Owner, and Friend/Colleague, Jim.



Spanish, French, and Brazilian Moods


Romero Lubambo, Guitarist



Cesar Camargo Mariano, Pianist



Michel Legrand (See Bio), Pianist, Vocalist, Friend, and Composer



Paula Robison (See Bio), Flautist



Paula Robison



Hector del Curto, Bandoneonist (See Avantango Review and Pablo Ziegler Quintet Review)



Junior Cervila, Dancer (See Avantango Review)



Gal Costa, Vocalist (See Website), Sings in Portuguese



Romero Lubambo



Michel Legrand



Gal Costa and Michel Legrand



The Party Continues



Michel Legrand Sings and Plays Piano for Ettore



Ken Peplowski and Colleague



Grady Tate Sings



Mike Rienzi, Pianist



James Carter on Sax



Pat Phillips and Monuka



Akiko Tsuruga, Organist, Pianist



Grady Tate



Avantango Performers and Presentation


Junior, Hector, Mariela, Roxana Fontan (Tango Vocalist, Performer)



Oscar Feldman



Hector del Curto on Bandoneon



Dario Eskenazi, Pianist



Hector del Curto



Pablo Aslan on Bass



Oscar Feldman, Pablo Aslan, Leonardo Suarez-Paz



Jorge Calandrelli, Pianist (Guest)



Hector del Curto, Oscar Feldman, Leonardo Suarez-Paz



Junior Cervila and Mariela Franganillo Dance Argentine Tango


Junior Cervila and Mariela Franganillo Dance Argentine Tango



Mariela and Ettore, After the Dance



Ettore's Birthday Celebration


Birthday Toast




Ettore and Isabella Stratta



Pat Leads Happy Birthday!



Ettore's Speech



Ettore's Thanks



Mariela, Junior, Pat, and Pat's Son



Ettore, Monuka, Pat



The Cake



Roxana Fontan, Tango Vocalist (See Avantango Review)



Roxana Fontan and Gal Costa



The Guests Jam and Party On.....


Michel Legrand Signs Autographs



James Carter and Leonardo Suarez-Paz



Oscar Feldman, James Carter, Leonardo Suarez-Paz



Leonardo Suarez-Paz



Hector del Curto and James Carter



James Carter



Ettore Stratta and Friend



Jorge Calandrelli Plays



Hector del Curto



Brian Torff



James and Maureen, Bartenders, Tango



Brian Torff



Borislav Strulev and Ettore



Borislav Strulev



Jorge Calandrelli



James Carter



Liz Magnes, Pianist/Composer, and Michele Taylor, Publicist



David Altman, Photographer



Pat Phillips and Friends



Birdland Sound Man and Romero Lubambo



Cesar Camargo Mariano, Pat Phillips, and Friend



Oscar Feldman and David Altman



Cesar, Ettore, Jorge, Pat, Son, and Friend



Roberta, Cesar, Ettore, Jorge



Leonardo, Cesar, Oscar, Ettore



Vana Gierig, and Pat



Ettore, Jorge, Vana, Pat



Vana and Cesar



The 4 Pianists: Mike Rienzi, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Vana Gierig, Jorge Calandrelli



Ettore and the Pianists



Pat, Ettore, and Gianni Valenti Join the Pianists



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