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Three Ottawa vocalists recreate classic Ella and Billie Newport concerts (video)

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday will be presented at the 1000 Islands Jazz & Blues Festival on May 31, 2014.


In April, 2013, three Ottawa singers created a tribute concert to two iconic female jazz singers: Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. OttawaJazzScene.ca was at the sold-out concert with our video production team, and we interviewed the singers afterwards.

They used Ella and Billie's appearance at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival – within two days of each other – and the classic recording that renowned producer Norman Granz made of those Newport performances as a jumping-off point for the concert.

Recreating the repertoire of those Newport concerts, Karen Oxorn, Nicole Ratté, and Dominique Forest brought back some of the greatest vocal jazz hits of the era.

Our video features excerpts from the concert, and the singers' explanation of their reaction to the songs and the concert.

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See the OttawaJazzScene.ca interview about the show: