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Renée Fleming VOICES: Jane Monheit Sings Ella Fitzgerald with special guest Nicholas Payton

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jazz Renée Fleming VOICES

Vocalist Jane Monheit returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series with a contemporary take on Ella Fitzgerald's songbook, joined by special guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton and others.


$55 - $70

Run Time

Approx. 70 minutes


Born April 25, 1917, the First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald has influenced female jazz musicians for generations. The Kennedy Center presents a number of distinct performances in recognition of the centennial of the 1979 Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master's birth.
With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald--the first to be released on her own Emerald City Records--vocalist Jane Monheit has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. She had thought about recording an Ella tribute for a long time. Fitzgerald's beloved songbook albums held "biblical" importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her. As part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series, Monheit pays joyous tribute to Ella while sharing a definitive portrait of herself, guided by her producer, arranger, and trumpet great, Nicholas Payton.

Performance Timing: Approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission.
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