©Brett Delmage, 2017
The music for Karen Oxorn's Ella Celebration will remain secret until the moment the audience hears it. ©Brett Delmage, 2017

On Wednesday, November 29, Ottawa vocalist Karen Oxorn will step into the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, and pay tribute to her favourite jazz vocalist of all time, Ella Fitzgerald.

Her 'An Ella Celebration! The Classic Songbook Recordings' concert is the latest in a series of large-scale tribute concerts which she's organized over the last decade, at the NAC, GigSpace, and local festivals. She's been thinking about this show for three years, and preparing for it for the past two years. 

She talked with OttawaJazzScene.ca's Brett Delmage about some of the ideas behind it and the extensive work required to bring it to the stage.


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Karen Oxorn's Ella Celebration is at Canada's National Arts Centre on November 29, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. The show is sold out. Karen Oxorn hopes to present more editions of the show in 2018.

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