January 21, 7PM

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A program honoring the “First Lady of Song” with Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas, and Metropolitan Opera star Harolyn Blackwell. Hear her hits from the Great American Songbook, including It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing, How High the Moon, I Got Rhythm, and more! Many songs will be performed with the original Nelson Riddle and Billy May orchestrations.

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About Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

Following a troubled childhood, Ella Fitzgerald turned to singing and debuted at the Apollo Theater in 1934. Discovered in an amateur contest, she went on to become the top female jazz singer for decades. In 1958, Fitzgerald made history as the first African-American woman to win a Grammy Award. Due in no small part to her vocal quality, with lucid intonation and a broad range, the singer would go on to win 13 Grammys in total and sell more than 40 million albums. Her multi-volume “songbooks” on Verve Records are among America’s recording treasures. Fitzgerald died in California in 1996.

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