ELLA and BASIE
and the Count Basie Orchestra
Basie's music, characterized by a blues-steeped jumping beat and contrapuntal piano accents, was a showcase for top-drawers singers, from Jimmy Rushing, Billie Holiday and Joe Williams to Frank Sinatra. But it was arguably Ella Fitzgerald's meetings with the Count on record and on tour that, as one of their album titles suggests, were "A Perfect Match."
Joining the Count Basie Orchestra for this special evening is vocalist Patti Austin, who recorded the 2002 Grammy-nominated album For Ella, which featured songs associated with the legendary diva as well as one of her own compositions in tribute, "Hearing Ella Sing." (Austin won a Grammy for best Jazz Vocal Album in 2008 for Avant Gershwin.)