Friday, April 27, 2007
NATALIE COLE HOSTS TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD
Eight time Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole has been tapped to host the all-star concert tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, entitled We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song, which will air on PBS as part of their Great Performances series, on June 6th at 9 p.m. ET. The celebration will be taped on Sunday (April 29th) at USC's Galent Center in Los Angeles, and will feature the diverse talents of such music greats as Patti Austin, George Duke, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Cyndi Lauper, Ledisi, Monica Mancini, James Moody, Ruben Studdard, Take 6, Nancy Wilson and Lizz Wright.
The release of We All Love Ella! Celebrating the First Lady of Song, timed to hit stores just one day prior to the TV special, will also feature Cole performing "A Tisket A Tasket," which the daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole recalls as the first jazz song she learned after meeting Fitzgerald when she was just 7 years old. The tribute album is a Verve Records release.
Fitzgerald won 13 Grammy Awards and sold over 40 million albums. She would have turned 90 on April 25th, 2007.