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Billy Stritch: Billy’s Place – Episode 42

About Billy Stritch

Singer-pianist Billy Stritch has been performing professionally for over 40 years. His talent as an accompanist has taken him all over the world — especially during his 25 years playing with Liza Minnelli. During that time ,he learned how to duck from paparazzi, hang with celebrities like Frank Sinatra, and what to do when the power goes off right before your show at the Hollywood Bowl.

But Billy is also a talented entertainer in his own right. While the pandemic raged across the globe, Billy brought shone his musical light in the dark through a series of weekly live streams. Every Thursday night at 8 pm he invites the public into his “virtual speakeasy” for an hour of music and cocktails — as long as you make it yourself. The resultant album Billy’s Place shares 12 of his favorite tunes from these concerts, recorded in Nashville for Club44 Records.

Listen to the full interview to hear more from Billy Stritch about what makes a great accompanist, how to memorize hundreds of tunes, and his adventures playing around the world.

“It’s always a great lyric, but the more you perform, the more you live, and the more experience you have — the more meaning it takes on.”

Billy Stritch

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