An Ella Celebration! The Classic Songbook Recordings Concert

An Ella Celebration! The Classic Songbook Recordings Concert

Date(s) - Wed November 29, 2017
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

National Arts Centre Fourth Stage

Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917. Often referred to as The First Lady of Jazz, this year marks the 100th anniversary of her birth and her immeasurable contribution to music with a concert that focuses on Ella’s superb Songbook recordings of the 1950s and 60s. Originally produced by the legendary Norman Granz and recorded for the Verve label, the Songbooks celebrate the sheer beauty and purity of Ella’s voice – with the occasional demonstration of her incomparable talent for improvisation – and feature albums of songs by Cole Porter (released in 1956), Rodgers & Hart (1956), Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (1957), Irving Berlin (1958), George & Ira Gershwin (1959), Harold Arlen (1961), Jerome Kern (1963), Johnny Mercer (1964) and Antonio Carlos Jobim (1981).

Conceived and produced by popular Ottawa vocalist Karen Oxorn, the show is a heartfelt thank you to the artist through whom she discovered the world of jazz in the early 1980s which eventually led to her own career as a jazz vocalist.  Karen will be joined by guest vocalist Michael Curtis Hanna, Music Director Mark Ferguson and some of Ottawa’s finest musicians. Tickets available at



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