Philly Pops to Perform ELLA, LOUIS & ALL THAT JAZZ
In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month and to mark the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald's birth, the Philly POPS will celebrate the First Lady of Song's musical legacy with her frequent collaborator Louis Armstrong in a swinging lineup of their biggest solo hits and duets. Master jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling and R&B sensation Marva Hicks join the POPS for Ella, Louis & All That Jazz March 31-April 2, 2017 at the Kimmel Center.
"Ella and Louis' songs were magical - they performed them so skillfully and with such expression that the music is still relevant today," said Michael Krajewski, Philly POPS Music Director. "Ever since I've known Byron, I've wanted to bring him to Philadelphia. He's a great musician with a wonderful personality, and a great sense of humor. That's what the POPS is all about."
Surrounding the month dedicated to jazz, POPS in Schools has a full slate of educational activities planned for the School District of Philadelphia's jazz program and All-City Jazz Orchestra (the audition-only ensemble composed of the most talented jazz students in the district):
- An All-City Jazz Orchestra Combo will perform on the Kimmel Center's Plaza Stage prior to each Ella, Louis & All That Jazz concert.
- The Combo will perform on International Jazz Day weekend (April 28 at 2pm) at New York City's Lincoln Center as part of the Young Music Makers series.
- POPS musicians will lead masterclasses throughout the spring for each of the 10 Philadelphia public high schools in the jazz program.
- These activities culminate in a free All-City Jazz Festival (presented by the POPS for the third year) on June 9. All 10 jazz bands will perform in an evening showcase.
The Philly POPS show, Ella, Louis & All That Jazz, will feature the songs that made Ella and Louis famous, along with their duets, highlights from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and more from each of their distinguished careers, including:
"?A Tisket, A Tasket"
"?Just One Of Those Things"
"They Can't Take That Away From Me"
"Love Is Here To Stay"
"?It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Thing"
"?What A Wonderful World"
Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Buck Clayton.