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Thursday, March 30th, 2017

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER’S ELLA FITZGERALD FESTIVAL

CELEBRATING ELLA: THE FIRST LADY OF JAZZ
featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, with special guests Kenny Washington and Roberta Gambarini, Rose Theater on April 27-29, 8pm 

ALL SIDES OF ELLA FEATURING
ULYSSES OWENS, JR. & FRIENDS,
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on April 28-30, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN: ELLA ON MY MIND
featuring Michael Feinstein with the Tedd Firth Big Band,
Jessie Mueller, Vuyo Sotashe, and Nicole Henry,
The Appel Room on June 7, 7pm and June 8, 7pm & 9pm


New York, NY (March 30, 2017) – This year marks the centennial of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald whose nonpareil legacy and influence define a classic era of jazz vocal. Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the “First Lady of Song’s” artistry with the Ella Fitzgerald Festival featuring an all-star roster of musicians spanning generations and genres in concerts throughout its home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. Frederick P. Rose Hall, the “House of Swing,” is located at Broadway and 60th Street, New York, New York.

In Rose Theater, on April 27-29 at 8pm, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and guest vocalists Kenny Washington and Roberta Gambarini demonstrate why Ella Fitzgerald remains unrivaled in succinct phrasing and uncompromising musicality.  

In Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, on April 28-30 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, Ulysses Owens, Jr. convenes an all-star group to explore the many sides of Ella Fitzgerald and reflect on the diversity of the vocalist’s musical settings.

In The Appel Room, on June 7 at 7pm and June 8 at 7pm and 9pm, Michael Feinstein brings together the finest voices from jazz and Broadway to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald who has been called the ultimate presenter of American popular song.

 

ELLA FITZGERALD FESTIVAL, APRIL 27 – JUNE 8, 2017

CELEBRATING ELLA: THE FIRST LADY OF JAZZ
April 27-29, 2017, 8pm | Rose Theater
Through diverse repertoire arranged by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, this concert’s guest vocalists will demonstrate why the “First Lady of Song” remains a case study in succinct phrasing and uncompromising musicality. Joining the Orchestra for this special occasion are two celebrated veteran vocalists: Kenny Washington and Roberta Gambarini. Washington – Ravi Coltrane’s favorite vocalist – carries on Ella’s legacy by finding the maximum impact in each and every song, utilizing his enormous range and improvisational skills with restraint and impeccable taste. Gambarini – a similarly tasteful yet boldly original artist – was described by NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones as “the best new jazz singer to come along in 50 years.” In Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial year, audiences will witness how her most identifiable traits and her complete devotion to originality and authenticity inspire the best musicians of this generation.
Ticket prices begin at $45.

"ALL SIDES OF ELLA" WITH ULYSSES OWENS, JR. & FRIENDS
April 28-30, 7:30pm & 9:30pm | Dizzy’s Club
Coca-Cola
In the past few years, Ulysses Owens, Jr. has performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with artists including Christian McBride, child prodigy Joey Alexander, Steve Wilson, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Nelson, the Swing Collective, and the New Century Jazz Quartet. Already one of the most high-profile sidemen, this GRAMMY® Award winner and DownBeat Rising Star has recently stepped into a leadership role and assembled some top-shelf groups. The concerts will feature a monster lineup featuring pianist Allyn Johnson; trumpeter Alphonso Horne; bassist Alex Claffy; and vocalists Brianna Thomas and Alyson Williams.
Cover: Friday, $40 / Saturday, $45 / Sunday, $35
Student: $20(9:30pm only)

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN: ELLA ON MY MIND
June 7, 2017, 7pm and June 8, 2017, 7pm & 9pm | The Appel Room 
In Michael Feinstein’s final Jazz & Popular Song concert of the season, the multi-platinum selling interpreter of American song will perform classics made famous by Ella Fitzgerald. The “First Lady of Song” was a particularly well-rounded musician, an impeccable singer and endlessly influential improviser. Drawing broadly across the Great American Songbook, she shaped definitive versions of countless tunes written by top composers like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins. Feinstein possesses an incomparable knowledge of this musical canon and an expert ability to interpret its greatest icons. His masterful knowledge combined with Ella’s timeless repertoire ante swinging Tedd Firth Big Band will make for an exquisite evening in the unparalleled setting of The Appel Room. Special guest vocalists include GRAMMY and TONY Award-winning Jessie Mueller (currently starring in the critically acclaimed Waitress on Broadway, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical); Vuyo Sotashe, finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition; and Nicole Henry, called “this generation’s First Lady of Jazz” (Huffington Post).
Ticket pricing starts at $70.

Tickets to Rose Theater and The Appel Room concerts can be purchased on jazz.org 24 hours a day or by calling CenterCharge on 212-721-6500, open daily from 10am - 9pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. Box office hours are Monday- Saturday from 10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain).

For Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola reservations, call 212-258-9595 or visit www.jazz.org/dizzys. Dinner and drinks served nightly. Minimum of $10 applies to all.

Many of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concerts stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience. The concerts will also be available on Livestream’s mobile and connected TV applications with real-time DVR, chat, photos and other materials available to fans worldwide at www.jazz.org/live

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Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:
Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company,
Con Edison, Entergy, JP Morgan Chase, Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, Movado, Related, Sirius XM, United Airlines.


For more information, please contact:
Rebecca Kim
Assistant Director, Public Relations
Jazz at Lincoln Center
212-258-9807
rkim@jazz.org