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Ella Fitzgerald Centenary Concert By SRJO With Guest Carmen Bradford

Ella Fitzgerald, aka "The First Lady of Song," was born April 25, 1917 and centennial celebrations are beginning to appear.  

For the third pair of concerts in its current series, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra invited Carmen Bradford to sing some of the many songs popularized by Ella Fitzgerald.  The concert at Kirkland Performance Center was recorded for radio and is featured on this week's Jazz Northwest.

Ella Fitzgerald performed in concert halls around the world, recorded over 200 albums and won 13 Grammy Awards.  She also recorded and performed with many of the jazz world's top artists and toured widely with the Jazz At The Philharmonic tours.  She recorded with Count Basie and Duke Ellington among many others and sold more than 40 million albums. 

Carmen Bradford, who joins the SRJO as guest soloist in this concert, is a veteran of nine years touring and recording with the Count Basie Orchestra. She has since sung with many big bands and symphony orchestras.  She has also sung the title role in Duke Ellington's folk opera "Queenie Pie" and has several albums of her own in addition to those with the Count Basie Orchestra. 

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KNKX and streams at  After broadcast, previous programs may be streamed on demand at Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke exclusively for KNKX. Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman are co-directors of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. The next concerts by the SRJO will feature the music of Louis Armstrong on April 22, 23 and 24. 

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Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.