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"Patrice Williamson isn't a singer, she's a one-woman jazz sampler... She is a woman of many voices, each distinctly intriguing, all distinctly her own." - JazzTimes
Ella at 100: The Centennial Celebration - Patrice Williamson presents Ella & Me
Featuring: Patrice Williamson - Voice
Jon Wheatley - Guitar
Mark Shilansky, Piano
Keala Kaumeheiwa, Bass
Ron Savage, Drums
Welcome to Patrice's third annual birthday concert for Ella Fitzgerald. April 25th marks Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday and the release of Williamson's first tribute album to the First Lady of Song. Ella Fitzgerald (1917- 1996) was a musical titan, a perfect vocalist who could also sing like an instrumentalist. She once said, "I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns."
Patrice Williamson's fluent scat style and sensitive ballad work have earned her Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" award and several Boston Music Award nominations, is a favorite in Boston and beyond. She's been heard at both the Tanglewood and Marblehead Jazz Festivals, as well as at the International Women's Forum in Singapore. Both of her independent recordings, My Shining Hour and Free to Dream, have received high praise from jazz critics around the country. She is also actively passing on her knowledge and love of the jazz tradition through her teaching at The New School of Music in Cambridge, Wellesley College, and Milton Academy.
The Ella and Me concert includes stories of Ella's life, her songs, her solos, the tale of her mastery and how it contributed to Williamson's artistry.