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Freda Payne Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald


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Friday February 10th

Freda Payne, celebrated R&B and jazz vocalist, who shot to fame with her #1 Hit, “Band of Gold,” and “Bring the Boys Home,” pays tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald on Ella’s 100th birthday anniversary, as no one else can! Payne, the star of such Broadway shows as Jelly’s Last Jam, Sophisticated Ladies and Blues in the Night, “conjures the spirit of Ella” with her renditions of “A-Tisket, a-Tasket,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing.” and “Mack the Knife,” as well as many other Fitzgerald classics.

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Payne offers a tightly structured narrative that follows Fitzgerald’s career from her 1934 award-winning Apollo Theater debut in an amateur contest, to vocalist and subsequent leader of the Chick Webb band, and her concert and recording career as the protege of producer Norman Granz. But it’s the songs that tell the story, defining a singer and an era with lyrical clarity.

“Payne bears a remarkable resemblance to the legendary singer’s sound, and has mastered the wordless scatting style developed by Ella.” - Variety

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