The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band and Wanda Houston - A Tribute to Ella

The Vermont Jazz Center's 17-piece big band pays tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Ella Fitzgerald. We commemorate the centennial of Ella's birth (she was born April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia) by dipping into the deep well of her big band repertoire and presenting arrangements she sang with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and other illustrious orchestras. Wanda Houston is the ideal vocalist to front the VJC's Big Band for this project - her range, sense of swing, ease with improvisation and intimate familiarity with Fitzgerald's repertoire assure a perfect fit. Originally from Chicago, Houston grew up surrounded by music. She was listening to and singing the songs Ella made famous with her family's theater group as a young girl. Since then, she has led an active career as an actress and vocalist performing in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Broadway and Germany and earned a Grammy nomination as part of the gospel group Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV). Houston has shared the stage with Oleta Adams, Patti Austin, Eartha Kitt, Liza Minelli, Pattie Labelle, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand. This concert will certainly appeal to many: legendary, hard-swinging arrangements alternating with familiar ballads, all sung and played with authenticity and passion.

Friday, December 2nd
8:00 PM
Vermont Jazz Center
$25-$45 non-table seating, $30-$50 with table seating
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