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Patti Austin: For Ella


Sat 9 Jun 2012, 1:30pm
Sat 9 Jun 2012, 7:30pm

Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: JennyEF

Few performers have the credentials to pull off a fitting and genuinely thrilling tribute to “America’s first lady of song” – Ella Fitzgerald – but Grammy Award-winning Patti Austin possesses the heritage, experience and voice to do so.

Debuting at New York’s famed Apollo Theater at the tender age of four, with the encouragement of her godparents Dinah Washington and Quincy Jones, Austin grew up witnessing legendary performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Judy Garland, who were instrumental in shaping her inimitable vocal style.

Her illustrious, almost 60-year career includes collaborations with artists as diverse as Randy Brecker, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Johnny Mathis and Michael Jackson. Her chart-topping 1982 duet with James Ingram, Baby, Come to Me went gold and saw her become a household name.

In 2002, Austin released For Ella and commenced her decade-long love affair with performing the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Fats Waller and others as sung by Ella Fitzgerald, even mirroring Ella’s famous scatting talents. Expect to hear timeless hits such as Too Close For Comfort, You'll Have To Swing It (Mr Paganini) and How High the Moon in a tribute show that is like no other.