1:49:12 Full Concert: Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Jazz — Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with guest tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano

Vocalists Kenny Washington and Roberta Gambarini

Jazz at Lincoln Center
From the Vault: Celebrating Ella: The First Lady of Jazz
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Rose Theater
Apr. 27, 2017

5:17 – Royal Ancestry (from “Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald”) (Composers: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
9:38 – All Heart (from “Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald”) (Comp.: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
15:34 – I Hadn’t Anyone Till You (Comp.: Ray Noble; Arr.: Willie Maiden)
21:27 – Lover Come Back to Me (Comp.: Sigmund Romberg; Lyrics.: Oscar Hammerstein II; Arr.: Slide Hampton)
29:00 – Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered (Comp.: Richard Rodgers; Lyrics.: Lorenzo Hart; Arr.: Marcus Printup)
37:48 – Almost Like Being in Love (Comp.: Frederick Loewe; Lyrics.: Alan Lerner; Arr.: Sherman Irby
45:21 – Cotton Tail (Comp.: Duke Ellington)
58:53 – Beyond Category (from “Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald”) (Comp.: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
1:05:05 – Too Close For Comfort (Comp.: George David Weiss, Jerry Bock, Larry Holofcener; Arr.: Carlos Henriquez)
1:13:13 – Lush Life (Comp.: Billy Strayhorn; Arr.: Victor Goines)
1:20:42 – They Can’t Take That Away From Me (Comp.: George Gershwin; Lyrics.: Ira Gershwin; Arr.: Andy Farber)
1:28:38 – Old MacDonald (Comp.: Traditional; Arr.: Andy Farber)
1:33:00 – I’m Old Fashioned (Comp.: Jerome Kern; Arr.: Kenny Rampton)
1:41:44 – Total Jazz (from “Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald”) (Comp.: Duke Ellington, Billy Stayhorn)

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra celebrates the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald, a vocalist whose legacy and influence define a classic era of jazz singing. Through diverse repertoire arranged by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the band and guest vocalists demonstrate why the “First Lady of Song” remains a case study in succinct phrasing and uncompromising musicality.

Joining the Orchestra for this special occasion are two celebrated veteran vocalists, Kenny Washington and Roberta Gambarini, as well as the legendary tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. Washington – Ravi Coltrane’s favorite vocalist – carries on Ella’s legacy by finding the maximum impact in each and every song, utilizing his enormous range and improvisational skills with restraint and impeccable taste. Gambarini – a similarly tasteful yet boldly original artist – was described by NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones as “the best new jazz singer to come along in 50 years.” Witness how Fitzgerald’s most identifiable traits and her complete devotion to originality and authenticity inspire the best musicians of our time.

PERSONNEL:
REEDS
Sherman Irby – alto & soprano saxophones, flute, piccolo, Bb clarinet
Alexa Tarantino – alto saxophone, flute, Bb clarinet
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone, Bb & Eb clarinets
Walter Blanding – tenor saxophone, Bb & Eb clarinets
Paul Nedzela – baritone & alto saxophones, bass clarinet

TRUMPETS
Greg Gisbert
Kenny Rampton
Marcus Printup
Bruce Harris

TROMBONES
Vincent Gardner
Chris Crenshaw
Elliot Mason

RHYTHM SECTION
James Chirillo – guitar
Dan Nimmer – piano
Carlos Henriquez – bass
Ali Jackson – drums