Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8pm with GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz singer Patti Austin performing Ella Now and Then: A Centennial Celebration of the First Lady of Song. This tribute concert marks the 100thbirthday of the great Ella Fitzgerald (born April 25, 1917) and will feature selections from Ms. Austin's soon-to-be-released album Ella: Now & Then. Tickets range from $36 to $55 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
About Patti Austin
A consummate artist of the first order, Patti Austin celebrates an incredible sixth decade in the music industry with the release of Ella: Now & Then, her second recorded tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, following her 2002 GRAMMY®-nominated best-selling album, For Ella.
Featuring some of the pioneering vocalist's classic material, Ella: Now and Then finds GRAMMY® winner Austin (who declares she's "busier than ever!") lending her finely-honed craft to treasures from the vast Fitzgerald legacy including songs like "Mack the Knife," "April in Paris," "Sing Me a Swing Song," and "Lullaby of Birdland."
In the past decade, it's in the world of jazz (a genre that is close to her heart) that Patti has been building a solid international audience: aside from a decade-and-a-half of performing live the songs from For Ella worldwide, Patti was justifiably awarded a 2008 GRAMMY® Award for "Best Jazz Vocal Performance" for her best-selling Top 10 Jazz album, Avant-Gershwin.
The New York native is in constant demand globally for live performances, thanks to a legacy of recordings that started in 1955, continued through the '60s with success as a teenage R&B star before establishing herself as a mainstay among jazz and soul audiences through her '70s recordings. By the '80s, Austin became known to a wider international audience as a result of the GRAMMY®-nominated "Baby Come To Me" and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing," her early '80s classic duets with James Ingram, masterminded by musical godfather Quincy Jones.
Notes Austin, "I'm in an interesting place because I'm 66, I'm not a teenager and yet, for some reason, I seem to have an appeal with younger audiences and now we are creating different platforms to help establish my brand, with a weekly radio show, my mentoring organization (Over My Shoulder) and my new Ella record."
Unquestionably a 21st century Renaissance woman, Patti Austin continues to create milestones in an incredible career; a further testament to her status as a member of that rare breed: a true artist whose creativity knows no limits. PattiAustin.com.
About Ella Fitzgerald
Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman. Her long career included 13 GRAMMY® Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of the Arts, and more than 40 million albums sold. Ella recorded over 200 albums. In 1991, she gave her final concert at New York's renowned Carnegie Hall. It was the 26th time she performed there.
Patti Austin: Ella Now and Then is part of Brooklyn Center's 2016-17 Con Edison Music Masters Series, which also includes the Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet (May 6, 2017 at 8pm), and 10-time GRAMMY® winner Chaka Khan (May 13, 2017 at 7:30pm). Visit BrooklynCenter.org for a complete season lineup.
Patti Austin: Ella Now and Then
A Centennial Celebration of the First Lady of Song
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8pm
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2900 Avenue H, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Box Office: BrooklynCenter.org or 718-951-4500 (Tue- Sat, 1pm - 6pm)
Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3327
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' presentation of Patti Austin: Ella Now and Then is supported by Con Edison, TD Bank, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM.
Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices. Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. A 50% discount for children ages 12 and under is offered for select performances. Discounts are also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, active/retired military personnel, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show.
About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the PerformingArts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center's 2016-17 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Major support for the 2016-17 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Media Group, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center's 2016-17 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee's.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Annette Robinson and Helene Weinstein; New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; New York City Council Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.
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