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Stray-Cat Strutting at the White House

That 80s-Pop-Dork news, re: tonight’s dinner at the White House:

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THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA

Brian Setzer combines vintage rockabilly with the attitude of post-bop jazz.  He moved from his home in Long Island to England and performed in the 1980s with his band, the Stray Cats, whose live shows and three top-10 singles sent their first album to the top of the charts. 

After the Stray Cats disbanded, Mr. Setzer pursued his own projects, with collaborators as diverse as artist and producer Phil Ramone and the Clash’s Joe Strummer.  Powered by the smash “Jump Jive An’ Wail,” the Brian Setzer Orchestra surpassed the Stray Cats’ commercial success, selling millions of albums worldwide and performing sold-out tours.  Along the way, Mr. Setzer built a reputation as one of the world’s most respected guitarists.

Of all his accomplishments, including seven Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins, the Brian Setzer Orchestra is his pride and joy: an ensemble of world-class musicians, entertaining music fans of all ages.

Needless to say, the New York Times would have broken the embargo.

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