An Evening of Ella, The First Lady of Song with the Diane Richardson-Tony Cesarano Quintet
Thursday March 19, 07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Time: 07:30 Doors: 07:00 Ages: All Ages Tickets: $15 - $20
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale SE - Albuquerque NMBuy Tickets
Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century, winning 13 Grammys and selling over 40 million albums. Her distinctive, flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless vocal artistry set the standard, and her contributions to the art of jazz singing and improvisation are immeasurable. Starting her career with the Chick Webb Band, Ella went on to work with all the jazz greats –“Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella” – from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, and many more. Tonight, founder and artistic director of the Jazz Performance Arts Collective (JPAC), vocalist Diane Richardson is joined by guitarist and Music Director, Tony Cesarano, to pay tribute to Ella. Richardson served as Associate Professor, Professor, and Assistant Chair, Voice Department at Berklee College of Music through 2015, and her recordings include Portrait: The Music of Charles Mingus with Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, Bill Pierce, Tiger Okoshi, Victor Mendoza and Steve Hunt. She performed with the Berklee Sun Ra Arkestra; as a spoken-word artist with the national touring company of the Langston Hughes Project: Twelve Moods for Jazz, and was a member of the Boston-based big band “Makanda Project.” A native New Yorker , the multi-talented, Tony Cesarano earned a bachelor’s degree in University Studies from the University of New Mexico, concentrating in Physics, Math and Economics, and later an MBA in finance. He has played with Billy Mitchell, Greg Abate, Richie Cole, Bobby Shew and Rufus Harley and others and performs regularly with the Brazilian jazz group, Saudade, Duo Fuego and others. Tonight, the quintet is rounded out by Paul Gonzales, trumpet, Jim Ahrend, piano; Collin Deuble, bass; & John Bartlit, drums.