A Celebration of Ella and Louis
USA / Australia
Friday 2 June
Saturday 3 June
Arts Centre Melbourne,
featuring Patti Austin, James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Both jazz giants in their own right, the landmark collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong was the pinnacle of an era.
Celebrating the centennial of Fitzgerald's birth, Patti Austin and James Morrison will perform timeless hits from the Great American Songbook, unforgettably realised with the lush textures and rich colours of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in this Festival-exclusive special event.
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. Since debuting at the Apollo Theatre at the tender age of four, with the encouragement of her godparents Dinah Washington and Quincy Jones, Austin’s six-decade career has seen her work with artists as diverse as Randy Brecker, Michael Jackson and George Benson.
Patti returns to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival after her sold-out "For Ella" shows at the 2012 MIJF.
Australia’s James Morrison is an internationally-renowned virtuoso trumpeter who has performed, recorded and collaborated with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, B.B. King and Wynton Marsalis; and has performed at some of the world’s leading jazz clubs and venues. One of jazz’s most versatile artists, Morrison has performed at the White House for International Jazz Day and performed with artists as diverse as Phil Collins, INXS and the Berlin Philharmonic. A frequent guest of the Festival, his last appearance was in 2011 with his memorable "Tribute to Australian Swing" show featuring Don Burrows.
“I cannot think of better artists than Patti Austin, James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to bring this wonderful celebration to life in the centenary of Ella’s birth – it is the ideal way to open the Festival’s 20th anniversary program" - Michael Tortoni, MIJF Artistic Director