Faculty and Guest Artist Series: Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Concert
Count Basie Orchestra alumna and Ella Fitzgerald protégé Carmen Bradford joins Music Institute Artist-in-Residence Tammy McCann
and members of the Music Institute Jazz Studies faculty for a swinging tribute to "The First Lady of Song." The program will include a lineup of tunes from the Great American Songbook.
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More about Carmen Bradford
Bradford sang with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1982 to 1990. Since leaving the Basie band, has been involved in a wide variety of musical activities. She has performances on 4 Grammy Award-winning albums, headlined sold out concerts the world over, and appeared on more than sixteen recordings. She guested on recordings by (sharing the vocal with on "How Do You Keep the Music Playing"), , and the , she toured Europe with the (2000), performed the songs of and with flutist , sang in concerts with the . In addition, has recorded a CD apiece for Amazing (1992), Evidence (1995), and a set of duets with pianist for Azica.
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More about Tammy McCann
McCann, who appears regularly at jazz venues around Chicago, has performed with Chicago’s own Ramsey Lewis and Von Freeman and toured with Ray Charles as a “Raelette." Tammy McCann has been named “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” for several years by the Chicago Tribune and is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist who has performed in festivals and a tclubs world- wide as well as the nation’s premier Jazz venues such as Birdland, The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Chicago’s own Jazz Showcase.
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More about Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996)
Ella Fitzgerald first achieved musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing around the country and often at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. She launched a solo career in 1942, recording many of her best-known works on the Verve Records label. She appeared in films and as a guest on popular television programs, and she collaborated with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and The Ink Spots, among others. Some of her most recognizable songs include “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and other iconic songs. Her improvisational scat singing distinguished her from all her peers. She received 14 Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.