A Celebration of Ella and Louis - Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2017 @ Hamer Hall


A CELEBRATION OF ELLA AND LOUIS featuring Patti Austin, James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra An exclusive opening night concert for the 20th Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2 – 3 June 2017 Melbourne will become home to jazz royalty in June when legendary Grammy Award-winning American vocalist Patti Austin and Australia’s own James Morrison join forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to pay homage to the landmark musical partnership between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

This special event – exclusive to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival – will mark the opening night of the Festival’s 20th year. Both jazz giants in their own right, the collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong was the pinnacle of the 1950s jazz scene. Celebrating the centennial of Fitzgerald’s birth, Austin and Morrison will perform timeless hits from the Great American Songbook, unforgettably realised with the lush textures and rich colours of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey.

Few performers have the credentials to pull off a fitting and genuinely thrilling tribute to “The First Lady of Song” – Ella Fitzgerald – but Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin possesses the heritage, experience and voice to do so.


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