Set for release on May 15, Ella 100: Live At The Apollo! celebrates the music and life of Ella Fitzgerald. Recorded live at the storied Harlem N.Y. venue in front of, the concert and recording, produced by the eight-time Garmmy and Emmy Award winner Gregg Field, features an imoressive array of guests and is co-hosted by Patti Austin and the actor/singer David Alan Grier.
Performances include those by Andra Day, Ledisi, Lizz Wright, Cassandra Wilson, Monica Mancini and the award-winning a cappella vocal group from Howard University, Afro Blue. Accompanying the vocalists is the Count Basie Orchestra and strings, plus the Ella 100 All-Star Quartet with Shelly Berg, Nathan East, Brian Nova and Field,
Andra Day [who appears on CD release only] performs Ain’t Misbehavin’;Lizz Wright does both Love You Madly [with The Ella 100 All-Star Quartet] and The Nearness of You, plus an interpretation of the ballad Once In A While featuring Mancini and Joe Pass protégé guitarist Brian Nova; Cassandra Wilson sings Cry Me A River; and Ledisi brings her New Orleans jazz roots to Honeysuckle Rose.