R'n'B star sings Ella Fitzgerald numbers at start of ten-day music celebration
JAMELIA is one of the stand-out names at tonight's gala opening of this year's London Jazz Festival.
One of Britain's leading R'n'B talents, the singer/songwriter will be joined by the likes of Claire Martin, Juliet Roberts and Ian Shaw for a tribute to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, who would have been 90 this week.
"We first worked with Jamelia six years ago when she sang brilliantly with Lamont Dozier, and it's great that she's coming back to interpret some of Ella Fitzgerald's best songs," said festival director David Jones.
We Love Ella is just the opening salvo of inspirational music coming London's way over the next ten days and nights. From we-are-not-worthy names like guitarist Ernest Ranglin and sax man Sonny Rollins to newer figures such as pianist Robert Glasper and Jef Neve, there's something for everyone with a bit of jazz in their soul. Better still, some of the events are free. Nice.
Venues, too, come in all shapes and sizes and include the Royal Albert Hall at one end of the scale and Baltic, the north-east European-themed restaurant, at the other.
The London Jazz Festival runs from 16-25 November.