This episode is from a WFSK weekly feature called "Artist of the Week. It aired live on WFSK JAZZY 88 Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 12:30 pm (cst)
Patti Austin, Ledisi and David Alan Grier are among artist featured on the project, Ella 100: Live at the Apollo! program. This interview was total joy and so interesting with Patti Austin and Greg Field.
Coinciding with Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday on Saturday (April 25), Concord Jazz is releasing Ella 100: Live at the Apollo! on Friday (April 24). The tribute was recorded at the iconic Harlem, New York venue where the premier jazz vocalist got her start competing in its equally legendary Amateur Night talent show.
Three-time Grammy Award winner and 2010 Latin Grammy producer of the year Gregg Field produced the 2016 Apollo Theater birthday celebration from which the album stems, casting a lineup of contemporary vocalists that included Patti Austin, Andra Day, Ledisi, Lizz Wright, Cassandra Wilson and Monica Mancini, along with special guests. Ella 100: Live at the Apollo! also finds Field revisiting his musical roots: he formerly toured as Fitzgerald's drummer.