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“Lush Life.” “Take the A Train.” “Lotus Blossom.” All are jazz classics penned by the great composer-lyricist-arranger Billy Strayhorn. All (and more) are delivered smartly and sensitively by velvety-voiced vocalist, stage director and producer Tyrone Brown and the able Nate Omdal Trio in “The Billy Strayhorn Project,” a loving celebration of the man musician Duke Ellington called “my right arm, my left arm … my brainwaves in his head, and his in mine.” Brown resembles the prodigious Strayhorn somewhat, relates his too-brief life story, and sings the man’s haunting, hip and sophisticated tunes caressingly between swinging instrumentals. Final shows 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at Gay City, 517 E. Pike St., Seattle; $12-$18 (206-860-6969 or

Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic