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Ella Fitzgerald: 100: BBC Big Band, Claire Martin OBE
The internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band and conductor Barry Forgie, are joined by multi award-winning vocalist and BBC Radio 3 presenter, Claire Martin, for a very special concert celebrating the centenary of the birth of ‘The First Lady of Song’, Ella Fitzgerald.
Through a diverse repertoire arranged and curated by the BBC Big Band and Claire Martin, the concert celebrates the music of the twentieth century’s most iconic vocalists, and whose legacy and influence defines a classic era of jazz singing.
Featuring classic versions of Ella’s most famous songs, including ‘That Old Black Magic’, ‘Too Darn Hot’ and ‘Fascinating Rhythm’, alongside a selection of music from the many bands and orchestras that she worked with, from Chick Webb through to Count Basie – this an evening of world-class music which is not to be missed.
Britain's premier big band has been regularly voted the 'Best Big Band' at the British Jazz Awards. An awesome 17-piece jazz powerhouse.
'For me, this is the band' (Mel Torme)
'A wonderful band!' (Tony Bennett)
'Joyous...!' (George Benson)
'Wonderful!' (Michel Legrand)
'They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music. As such they are important, as well as marvellous!' (Sir Michael Parkinson)
'I told my wife that for my next birthday I want this band as a gift!' (Lalo Schifrin)
'Not only are they terrific musicians, they also have a marvellous sense of humour' (Ken Bruce - BBC Radio 2).
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