Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, With Vocalist Kim Nazarian
Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. She won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. This special “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” program will present many of Ella’s original big band arrangements made available through the assistance of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. Many of these arrangements, by the likes of Count Basie, Billy Strayhorn, and Benny Carter, have not been heard in concert in over 40 years. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) comes together with regional musicians and features New York Voices co-founder Kim Nazarian, paying tribute to Ella.