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Scroll down to read bios for the producers, Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta

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PAT PHILIPS-STRATTA

Pat Philips-Stratta produces original concert events. She feels privileged to have worked with so many great artists. Many of her highly acclaimed projects at Carnegie Hall, co-produced with Ettore Stratta—her partner and husband, include the 80th birthday celebration of Stephane Grappelli with Yo-Yo Ma (his first venture outside of classical music), Michel Legrand, Toots Thielemans, Oscar Peterson’s Tribute with Hank Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Billy Taylor, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Clark Terry, among others: Paquito D’Rivera’s celebration of “50 Years of Show Business” with greats Cachao, Bebo Valdez, Yo-Yo Ma, Candido, and Dave Samuels, and more.

Other events include:
“50 Years of Flying Home, Illinois Jacquet’s 70th,” with Ray Charles, Roy Haynes, and Etta Jones
“From Harlem to Hollywood,” which paid homage to tap legends The Nicholas Brothers, with Lena Horne, Ben Vereen, Maurice Hines, and Savion Glover
“The Magic of Toots” with Herbie Hancock, Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins
“Absolut Vocalese,” a tribute to Jon Hendricks with Al Jarreau, The Manhattan Transfer, and Count Basie Orchestra
“Absolute Jobim” with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, Dori Caymmi; and many more Brazilian concerts with Marcos Valle, Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, Leny Andrade, Gilberto Gil, Romero Lubambo, Eliane Elias, and the Jobim family, including Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano
one concert included the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, “George Shearing’s 80th” with Dave Brubeck, Billy Taylor, Tito Puente, John Pizzarelli, and Nancy Wilson
pera star Sumi Jo singing broadway songs with orchestral Regina Carter’s highly successful concert at Avery Fisher Hall with the Paganini violin (the only jazz artist given that privilege)
“Jose Feliciano with Paul Simon”
“Tango, Passion, and Swing” with Pablo Ziegler, Gary Burton, Joe Lovano, and stars from Buenos Aires; and Tango Magic,” which later became a PBS special.

Ms. Philips produced the first jazz series at the South Street Seaport with greats James Moody, Buddy Rich, and a long list of artists as well as started the first jazz series at the 92nd Street Y, “Jazz Alive at the Y,” with Benny Goodman, Gerry Mulligan, Lionel Hampton, and Sir Roland Hanna. She also produced a classical event at Carnegie Hall for Opus 118 violin school with Itzhak Perlman, Bobby McFerrin, and Pinchas Zukerman; many projects with the Joffrey Ballet, which involved newly commissioned ballets; “Absolut Concerto” at Lincoln Center with major symphony orchestras and composers John Adams and Christopher Rouse; “The Songwriters Hall of Fame” music industry event with a who’s who in the pop world (Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Whitney Houston) and hundreds of performers and composers/lyracists, including Sammy Cahn, Burton Laine, Jule Stein, and Charles Strouse.

Another special project at Carnegie Hall was “30 Years of Merchant Ivory,” about the film production company, with music from their films (such as Howard’s End), performed by a symphony orchestra with readings by Hugh Grant, Christopher Reeve, Joanne Woodward, Jeanne Moreau, and others.

Ms. Philips always loved the piano and managed top pianist and Grammy winner Roger Kellaway for eight years as well as worked with Harold Mabern, Kenny Barron, and other greats early in her career.

It’s been 20 years of developing The Django Reinhardt Festival at Birdland, out of which has come these extraordinary artists on stage tonight, THE DJANGO FESTIVAL ALL-STARS, to whom Ms. Philips devotes a great part of her life. She is very excited about their new CD, Attitude Manouche, which is just being released.

 

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ETTORE STRATTA (in memory)

Maestro Ettore Stratta arrived in America from his small town in northern Italy, Cuneo when he was in his 20's, inspired by America's movie musicals and Jazz. He was a gifted musician from the age of 5, went on to have his own band in Italy, got a hold of smuggled American Jazz recordings during the war and set his sights on the U.S. after seeing a Duke Ellington concert. He studied conducting at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome as well as piano and composition. One day, Stratta packed up, and headed for New York, then married to Cecile Horner.

Stratta came by boat, landed in New York, boarded at the YMCA, and set forth to land a job. After knocking on Columbia Records’ personnel door for a while, he landed a position in the A&R department In 1961, due to his musical talents, knowledge of 5 languages, and an introduction by Nat Shapiro. He worked under legendary head Goddard Lieberson in the golden age of Columbia. Here he worked with and reduced hundreds of recordings including Barbra Streisand (3 gold records), Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mathis, Miles Davis, Steve and Eydie, and international artists such as Mini Rosso, Franck Pourcel, Joe Dassin, Andre Gagnon, and many others. He traveled throughout the world producing recordings of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The King and I,” “My Fair Lady” (in Hebrew) and many more. He became the head of Columbia International in 1964, always the ultimate music man. Maetsro Stratta had his own orchestra called “Fantasy Strings” with over 25 recordings of some of the greatest compositions in the Great American Songbook.

As “The Pioneer of Crossover,” he created “Switched on Bach” (for CBS) and then went out on his own and produced historic crossover recordings, which he also conducted: “Symphonic Tango,” “Symphonic Bossa Nova,” “Symphonic Boleros” Teldec with The Royal Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, with arrangement by Jorge Calandrelli, featuring such top artists as Al Jarreau, Dori Caymni, Hubert Laws, Paquito D’Rivera—Stratta skilled at choosing the perfect repertoire for these artists. Maestro Stratta conducted for the London Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, St. Lukes Symphony Orchestra, Rome Philharmonic, Sao Paulo Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and L’Orchestra de Lille in France for George Duke (performance at (Montreaux), and many others.

Other masterpieces were created with Stars of the Met, Placido Domingo, Jose Cura (Broadway with orchestra), Sumi Jo (Broadway with orchestra, which sold over a million copies), Eddie Daniels’ “Breakthrough” (GRP), Emmanuel Ax with Pablo Ziegler (Sony), Yo-Yo Ma and Stephane Grappelli (Sony—Yo-Yo’s first recording venture outside of Classical music). Other greats were Chanticleer with orchestra, Norwegian star Sissel with symphony orchestra, Justino Diaz singing Mozart aria with the English Chamber Orchestra, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. For CBS Masterworks, Mr. Stratta conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in the sensational recording “Music From The Galaxies” featuring themes from the best modern science fiction motion pictures (Star Wars, Alien, Star Trek, etc.). He conducted Benjamin Britten’s “Scottish Ballad for Two Pianos and Orchestra.” Stratta also fought for and was awarded in the Classical Crossover category for the Grammy’s, and served as a trustee and governor in the Grammy’s organization for many years.

Other recordings and conducting were with Tony Bennett “The Art of Excellence,” Lena Horn’s “The Men in My Life” (which included Sammy Davis Jr. and Joe Williams), Cleo Laine, Diahann Carroll, Maureen McGovern, Norwegian star Sissel, Dave Grusin, Julio Iglesias, Ray Charles, Linda Eder, Claus Ogerman with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Hank Jones, Chaka Kahn, Dick Hyman, Nancy Wilson, Ramsey Lewis, Toots Thielemans, Dionne Warwick, Sir Roland Hanna, Judy Garland, Regina Carter, and so many more. Maestro Stratta, the ultimate renaissance music man, conducted for Mechel Legrand for 10 years, and Stephane Grappelli for 25 years.

Ettore Stratta composed many pieces of music, notably “Forget The Woman” recorded by Tony Bennett, which has become a part of the Great American Songbook, and “Pages of Life” for a film, in which Stephane Grappelli performed it.

In 1986, Maestro Stratta was nominated for the Wavendon Allmusic Awards in London for “Conductor of the Year” alongside Leonard Bernstein and Andre Previn. He won first prize at the Castlebar International Festival for the Instrumental Composition Award for his work “Tempus Fugit” and has received 3 Grammy nominations. He was musical director in England for major concerts in London at the Barclay Center with Gregory Hines, Nancy Wilson, Stephane Grappelli, Vic Damone, Michel Legrand, Rita Coolidge and others.

In 1988, Ettore Stratta partnered with producer Pat Philips, forming Stratta Philips Productions. While he was still producing recordings, Stratta and Philips went on to present over 100 major musical concerts at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Rose Hall, and other prestigious venues around the US. These concerts include: paying tribute to Stephane Grappelli upon his 8oth birthday (at Carnegie Hall); George Shearing’s 80th birthday; Toot’s Thielemans’ 80th birthday, Paquito D’Rivera’s 50 years in the music business; Oscar Peterson Tribute; Nicholas Brothers tribute; Antonio Carlos Jobim’s last major concert, plus a series of Brazilian music projects called “All Jobim and More (of which, Bernard Holland of the NY Times wrote “the music of Jobim… gives hope that taste, simplicity, and lyrical invention may yet survive.”). Roger Kellaway served as musical director, as well as a performer for many of these major concerts.

Ettore Stratta married partner Pat Philips in 1998.

Due to the maestro’s classical background, they created “Absolut Concerto” at Avery Fisher Hall (with the support of Michel Roux, then head of Absolut Vodka), with major symphony orchestras such as St. Lukes Symphony, The New Jersey Symphony and others. He commissioned composers on the rise such as John Adams, Christopher Rouse and Alan Jay Kernis, who have gone on to have prestigious careers as composers, some receiving the Pulitzer Prize. Ettore Stratta, along with his partner Pat Philips-Stratta, had also been producing the successful Django Reinhardt Festival and tours.

Maestro Stratta’s musical knowledge brought together many well-known musicians from jazz to classical to pop, to create extraordinary music that was original and musically brilliant. His music will live on forever. He was a truly dedicated musician.

Ettore Stratta was a class act in all ways: a beloved man by his peers for his integrity, charm, warm personality, humor, with talent and a humble spirit. In his loving family, he leaves behind his wife Pat Philips-Stratta, his sons Paul and Luca, stepsons Brad and Evan, three daughter-in-laws Carla, Radia, Ashley, and 5 grandchildren Manuka, Isabella, Sophie, Luka, Rianne, brother Adalberto, brother-in-law Jeff Coleman and wife Carole.

Ettore Stratta Tribute media program from Fred Riedel on Vimeo.