Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Ella Unplugged" - Sonny & Perley in Concert on 2/7

“Ella Unplugged” – A tribute to 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. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.

On Tuesday, February 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., vocalist Perley Rousseau and pianist Sonny Daye will present “Ella Unplugged: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is presenting this event, and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend.

Sonny & Perley will be joined by special guest bassist Lou Pappas, a former member of the United States Military Academy Band in West Point, NY. Pappas now serves as adjunct faculty at Vassar College. The trio will highlight music from Ella Fitzgerald’s Great American Songbook recordings as well as selections from her Pablo Records albums with jazz guitarist Joe Pass.

The cabaret feeling of the University Club’s Grille Room will provide an intimate setting for this concert of vocals with piano and bass, including anecdotes from Ella’s life, from her Apollo Theatre debut at age 16 to her retirement. Ella was the first recorded voice Perley heard as a child, and she was greatly influenced by her music and shows an affinity for her style. Signature songs such as A Tisket A Tasket, How High The Moon, and The Lady Is A Tramp are among the audience favorites included in this unforgettable show.

The cost for the concert is $10, cash or check made payable to University Club of Albany Foundation. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151.

The University Club Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

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