Ella Now & Then
GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz singer Patti Austin performing Ella Now and Then: A Centennial Celebration of the First Lady of Song. This tribute concert marks the 100th birthday of the great Ella Fitzgerald (born April 25, 1917) and will feature selections from Ms. Austin’s 2002 album For Ella, including timeless standards such as “How High the Moon,” “Too Close for Comfort,” and “The Man I Love.”
GRAMMY® Award winner Patti Austin crosses all musical genres, has recorded 17 solo albums and is a mainstay artist on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts. Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin, won the 2008 GRAMMY® for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. The daughter of jazz trombonist Gordon Austin and goddaughter of musical legends Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington, Austin made her stage debut at age four at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. During the ’70s she was the undisputed “queen” of the New York session scene; her voice was heard behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, James Brown, and Joe Cocker to Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, and Diana Ross, and on countless commercial jingles. Her early solo career resulted in the chart-topping, GRAMMY®-nominated hit “Baby Come to Me.” Her 1998 album In and Out of Love spent almost two years on the contemporary jazz charts. She has written and created her own one-woman show, and co-created both the musical extravaganza Beboperella and Oh Freedom, a show exploring the African-American quest for freedom and equality in America.
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