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Elegant Ella – Centennial Celebration

By February 16, 2017July 5th, 2017Events
Elegant Ella - Centennial Celebration

Join us for an evening of song on May 13th, 2017 for a tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald.  This year, 2017, marks the centennial of Ella’s birth. Ella Fitzgerald was prolific vocal artist who left an indelible mark on jazz and popular song. The Night Star Jazz Orchestra will be performing with a studio orchestra featuring Katrina Cannon singing the Great American Songbook album hits recorded by Ella. The orchestra will be performing arrangements by Nelson Riddle, from the ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook’ album along with selections from song book albums of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin that preceded it.

The program will also feature Jay Lawrence on vibraphone to complement the orchestra with charts made famous by Milt Jackson and Terry Gibbs.

The event will be held at Brighton High School as a fundraiser to support the instrumental music program under the direction of Mr. David Featherstone and the vocal program directed by Mr. Daniel Emrazian. Music and the performing arts contribute to the academic growth and intellectual stimulation of students throughout their academic careers. The Night Star Jazz Orchestra is made of professional musicians, educators and pro-am performers who are indebted to the teachers that made their careers possible. All ticket proceeds benefit the music program at the school.

Advance tickets for the Elegant Ella – Centennial Celebration, May 13th show are now available at Brighton High School in the main office until May 12th. Cash, card or check accepted at the office

$12 Adults, $8 for students and children.

May 13th tickets will be sold at the door.

Email: for advance ticket sales for large groups

Elegant Ella – Centennial Celebration Flyer 

Listen to preview tracks of Katrina

The Ella at 100: The Centennial Celebration, held April 25, 2017 through April 25, 2018, is organized by the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation to celebrate the life of Ella.  The Night Star Jazz Orchestra: Elegant Ella program is one of many shows throughout the world to pay tribute to the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald. More information about this foundation can be found at


This event is generously funded by these sponsors:

  • Larson Certified Public Accountants
  • Utah Restaurant Association
  • Sequoia Development
  • Cowboy Partners
  • Jazz Education Network
  • Larry Miller Arena Corporation
  • Zions Bank
  • Workers Compensation Fund
  • Wadman Construction
  • Cannon Disability Law
  • Jim Jardine, Esq.
  • Ashley and Chris Anderson
  • Hires Big H