Patti Austin & The BBC Orchestra ‘For Ella’
Patti Austin (vocals); Howard McGill (alto sax); James Craig (baritone sax); Martin Williams, Vic Ash (tenor sax); Jiggs Whigham (director); Brian Rankine, Gerard Presencer, Mark White, Nigel Carter (trumpet); Andy Wood, Edward Lorkin, Gordon Campbell, Jon Higginbotham (trombone); Philip Robson (guitar); James Watson (piano); Anthony Kerr (vibes); Roy Babbington (double bass).
Sun 13 July 2003 16:00 - 17:15 PWA Hall
Musicality runs in the family of diva Patti Austin. Her father, a trombonist, took his daughter to many concerts. But she also, maybe even particularly, got her feeling for music on the knee of Dinah Washington and Quincy Jones, being their godchild. She was barely ten years old when she shared the stage with her legendary godparents. Later Austin would become the queen of the New York session-scene during the '60s and '70s. Thus she could be heard on albums of among others Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and James Brown's classic It's a Man's, Man's World, before starting her solo-career in the mid-seventies. Popular albums by her are Every Home Should Have One and That Secret Place. In 1981 she had a worldwide hit with James Ingram (Baby Come To Me). At the North Sea Jazz festival the vocalist performs with the famous BBC Orchestra, bringing a warm and elegant tribute to the unforgettable Ella Fitzgerald. For Ella is the name of her most recent album in which she gives a new appearance to the most beautiful songs of Ella.