‘Ella & Billie’
AUSSIE DIVAS SING FOR FIRST LADIES OF JAZZ
Following sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House, four of Australia's best female singers come together to pay tribute to the first ladies of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. ‘Ella & Billie’, will feature Lady Cool, Amanda Easton, Liza Ohlback and Dahlia Dior.
‘Ella & Billie’, part of the Rockumentary Series and ‘Fish Out a Water’ stable, is borne out of Sydney Opera House concerts ‘Sophisticated Ladies – A Tribute to 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald’ in 2017 and ‘Ladies Sing the Blues – a Tribute to 100 years of Billie Holiday’ in 2015. ‘Ella & Billie’ is a brand new show combining the best moments of both sold out events.
2017 marks 100 years since the birth of Lady Ella, known as the ‘First Lady of Song’, and a 13 time Grammy Award winner with more than 40 million album sales. She achieved international success after famously beating a disadvantaged childhood and troubled teenage years. She is best loved as a unique interpreter of the Great American Songbook, including songs like ‘Summertime’, ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’’ and ‘Mac the Knife’ which will feature in this new show.
2015 marks 100 years since the birth of Holiday, one of the greatest influences on singers of all races and genres, and known as the 'mother of jazz’. Billie was as famous for her music as she was for her tragic life, dying prematurely at the age of 44. This show will present classic songs that Holiday wrote, such as ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘God Bless The Child’ alongside standards that she made her own, like Louise Armstrong’s ‘All of Me’.
The 2 hour show will tell the story of the highs and lows of the lives of Ella and Billie, but mostly celebrate their music. The concert experience will feature popular jazz standards from the repertoires of both music icons, with each artist performing individual sets with a 4-piece band. The event will culminate in a finale featuring all the artists performing together on stage.
The show has a video backdrop as well as rare audio snippets from Billie and Ella in interview, in a move that John Shand of the Sydney Morning Herald (in his review of ‘Sophisticated Ladies’ at the Sydney Opera House) called a ‘conceptual masterstroke’.
The show is produced by Satin Sound Lounge, the production team featuring Sydney-based singers Tamarind Elkin (who performs under the moniker ‘Lady Cool’) and Amanda Easton, who both also perform in the show.