Happy Birthday Ella! We celebrate the 100th birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald with a tribute concert. Giving us a taste of two unique performers, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, the sultry voiced Marva Hicks and the hot trumpet player Byron Stripling recreate a sentimental era. We mark Ella’s 100th birthday with music of Gershwin, Ellington and more.
Hicks has received accolades for her performances in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions including Thunder Knocking at Your Door, Lion King, The Women of Brewster Place and many more. Stripling has been featured at the Hollywood Bowl, with the New York and Boston Pops and many orchestras across the country. He is remembered by Broadway audiences for his performance as Louis Armstrong in Satchmo. He serves as Artistic Director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
Marva Hicks, vocalist
Byron Stripling, trumpet
Bob Bernhardt, conductor