2010 Festival At A Glance
June 16   An Evening with Dick Hyman
June 25   A Night of Brazilian Jazz!
Luciana Souza/Romero Lubambo; plus Alegritude
June 26   A History of African Rhythms & Jazz
June 26   Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio
June 27   Freddy Cole Quartet
July 2   The Music of Billy Strayhorn
July 3   Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel & Friends
July 3   Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
July 9   Fred Hersch: Jobim and More
July 10   Early Bird Latin Jazz for Kids: John Santos Sextet
July 10   Tuck & Patti
July 11   Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady of Song
July 16   Mose Allison Trio
July 17   Claudia Villela Band
July 18   John Santos Sextet
July 19   Khalil Shaheed & the Mo'Rockin Project
July 20   Gerald Clayton Trio
July 21   Kristen Strom Quintet
July 22   The Music of Dave Brubeck Presented by Victor Lin
July 24   Giants of Jazz: Charles McPherson, Junior Mance & Tootie Heath
July 25   Ruth Davies' Blues Night with Special Guest Keb' Mo'
July 26   Dena DeRose Trio
July 27   Junior Mance Trio
July 28   100 Years of Django with Julian Lage, Victor Lin & Jorge Roeder
July 29   Visions: The Stevie Wonder Songbook
July 31   Rebecca Martin featuring Larry Grenadier, Steve Cardenas & Larry Goldings
Aug 1   Dave Douglas Quintet Plus
Aug 2   George Cables Trio
Aug 3   Nicholas Payton with the Taylor Eigsti Trio
Aug 4   Joshua Redman Trio
Aug 6   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 7   Taylor Eigsti Group featuring Becca Stevens
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Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady of Song

Laila Smith, Holly Smolik, Mary Stallings, Kenny Washington, vocals; Noel Jewkes, saxophone; Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Larry Dunlap, piano; Seward McCain, bass; Leon Joyce, drums

Sunday July 11 | 2:30 PM | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $18 students | TAKE 5!

Inside Jazz: Ella: Simply the Best
Speaker: Alisa Clancy 1:30 PM (free with concert ticket)

Tickets Now On Sale

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Ella Fitzgerald set the gold standard for jazz singing, became one of the world's most beloved musicians, and changed American music forever.

Her unmistakable voice was sweet, bell-clear, and powerful enough to soar above a big band. Her pitch was flawless and her timing and communicative ability made her interpretations of the great American songbook definitive. Above all, she was an improviser of the first order. Her brilliant scat singing took harmonic fluency and melodic invention to new heights, radiating joy and beauty and always swinging like mad. As Bing Crosby said, "Man, woman or child, Ella is the greatest of them all."

No jazz singer has ever been able to emulate Ella's one-of-a-kind sound exactly. But it's also true that no vocalist can completely escape her pervasive influence. Mary Stallings, whom the New York Times calls "perhaps the best jazz singer alive today," counts Ella among a broad range of influences. Like Ella, Stallings spent time as a featured singer with the Count Basie band. Vocalist Kenny Washington has his own virtuosic take on vocal improvisation. With a four-octave range and the harmonic facility of a horn player, Washington's scatting carries on Ella's legacy, but filters it through his own unique sensibility.

With musical direction by Larry Dunlap, this special tribute will celebrate Ella's contribution to the world of jazz and the songs she made famous. Also featuring young Workshop vocal program participants Laila Smith and Holly Smolik (Ella recorded her breakthrough hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," when she was only 21).


Ella Fitzgerald – "Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me"

Ella Fitzgerald – "Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea"

Ella Fitzgerald – "Cottontail"


Ella Fitzgerald performing Mack the Knife

Mary Stallings - "I Love Being Here With You," Chivas Jazz Festival, 2003

Mary Stallings - "I Got Rhythm," Chivas Jazz Festival, 2003


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