Jelgava Big Band feat. Cécile Verny in concert program ELLA’S SONGBOOK
The daughter of African-American driver and the laundress – Ella Fitzgerald became the unrivalled queen of jazz – that is how can describe the Lady Ella in the few words. And this year in spring the whole world will celebrate her hundredth anniversary.
Jelgavas Big Band lead by Raitis Asmanis together with in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) born singer Cécile Verny have created concert program “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald”.
Since year 1987 Cécile Verny with her quartet ”Cécile Verny Quartet” (CVQ), have been regulary touring domestically and abroad, have 9 CD released and was awarded not only the first prize in the category vocal jazz as part of the renowned international competition Antibes/Juan-les-Pins (France), but was also distinguished by the ”Grand Prix du Jury” for her work with the Cécile Verny Quartet. From the year 2006 started her regular collaboration with the world wide known WDR Big Band and now she will be in Latvia celebrating Ellas Fitzgerald hundredth anniversary by performing hits like „A-Tisket, A-Tasket”, „Caravan”, „All Of Me” and many more..
Jelgava Big Band can be considered as one of the core values of Latvian jazz music uniting professional musicians with a history and traditions since 1991. More than 25 years, lead by Raitis Asmanis, big band has regularly performed in various Latvian cities, as well as touring abroad in Lithuania, Estonia, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Brazil and even Peru. Together with Raimonds Pauls, Intars Busulis, Ieva Kerevica, Olga Pirags and Laimis Rācenajs in the year 2007 the first and the only CD of Jelgavas Big Band have been released.