The Jacksonville Symphony as part of the Fidelity Pops Series will present Ella and Louis, The Lady’s Centennial Celebration.
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are undeniably two fo jazz’s greatest legends. Fitzgerald, known as “The First Lady of Song” began her career winning a contest in the Apollo Theater in New York City. She had her first number one hit, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” in 1938 at the age of 21. 2017 will mark her 100th birthday.
She was a pioneer of her time with “scat” singing. She also performed duets with some of the top names in the business: Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
Armstrong, known as “The Founding Father of Jazz” was a skilled trumpeter, bandleader, film star and even comedian. He learned to play the cornet after he was arrest and sent to a boy’s home. His jazz breakout began in 1922 when he was asked to join the Creole Jazz Band. His gravelly voice was renowned and recognized the world over.
Associate Conductor Nathan Aspinall will lead the orchestra. Guests vocalists are Byron Stripling and Marva Hicks with guest percussionist Robert Breithaupt.
Guest artists for Ella and Louis are Byron Stripling, vocalist, Marva Hicks, vocalist and Robert Breithaupt, percussionist.
Stripling is a trumpet virtuoso who has soloed with the Boston Pops Orchestra and serves as artistic director and conductor of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
Hicks was recently seen on Broadway in the roles of Esther Gordy and Gladys Knight in Motown the Musical. She has also appeared in the Netflix dramatic series, House of Cards.
The program is dedicated by The Vanguard-Kessler Fund in honor of the 14th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, a global initiative which uses the power of music to bridge cultural differences. Saturday’s concert sponsor is Regency Centers.
Friday, November 4, 11am and 8pm, Saturday, November 5, 8pm
Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets are on sale at Jaxsymphony.org, at the box office in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts (open Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm) or by calling 904-354-5547. They range in price from $27 to $77.