Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents...

SRJO: Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday Celebration with Carmen Bradford

  • Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:00PM
  • Adult: $49.00
  • Senior: $47.00
  • Youth: $15.00

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The birthday centennial of “The First Lady of Song” takes place in 2017, and SRJO is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the life and artistry of Ella Fitzgerald, whose voice has thrilled audiences around the globe and remains the standard by which all jazz singers are measured. GRAMMY-winning vocalist Carmen Bradford joins SRJO to honor the memory of her very own “Auntie Ella.” Carmen was a family friend and confidante of Ella’s for many years and continues to perform using many of Ella’s personal scores in her tours with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Returning to Seattle after her resounding 2015 performance with SRJO, Carmen brings all of this history here for one of the first events in what is certainly to be a worldwide celebration of Ella’s centennial birthday.

This concert will feature favorite hits as recorded by Ella, including “A Tisket A Tasket” (sung with the Chick Web Orchestra), “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” (sung with the Ellington Orchestra) and “Honey Suckle Rose” (sung with the Basie Orchestra).

Artist Bio

The award-winning, 17-piece Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble, co-directed by drummer Clarence Acox, nationally recognized director of bands at Seattle’s Garfield High School, and saxophonist/arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member at the University of Washington School of Music.

The ensemble includes many of the region’s best-loved jazz soloists and bandleaders, and their extensive and growing repertoire is drawn from the 100-year history of jazz, from turn-of-the-20th century ragtime to turn-of-the-21st century avant-garde.

Recently, the cities of Seattle and Kirkland and the state of Washington proclaimed October 4th “Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Day” in honor of the organization’s achievements. Their newest compact disc, “Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite,” which features narration from Clarence Acox and a performance by the late Hadley Caliman, was released in November 2014 and has already achieved wide sales throughout the region. For more information about the SRJO, visit

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