Ella, Louis & All That Jazz

Michael Krajewski, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Mar 31-Apr 2, 2017
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Featuring

Marva Hicks, vocalist

Byron Stripling, trumpet

Happy 100th birthday, Ella Fitzgerald! To mark this momentous occasion, we’re celebrating “The First Lady of Song” — and her frequent collaborator, jazz great Louis Armstrong — with a swinging lineup of both their biggest solo and combined hits. We’ll cover chart-toppers like It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), Sweet Georgia Brown, A Tisket A Tasket, What a Wonderful World, and many more, along with our guest artists, the audience-dazzling master pops jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling and actress and R&B singing sensation Marva Hicks.

Helpful Information

This program, including intermission, is approximately two hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.

Discounted parking passes are available from select garages. For more information, please call 215.893.1999 or add a parking pass during checkout when purchasing your tickets.

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We hope all of our guests will have a great time and make many memories at our concerts and events. Post your photos or videos on social media and include #phillypops for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any upcoming concert in the current or following season! Please refrain from flash photography in the concert hall. 

Enjoy the show!

Guest Artists

Marva Hicks, vocalist

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Marva Hicks is a seasoned and versatile performing artist. Born in Petersburg, Virginia, she grew up singing in the church founded by her grandfather, Rev. E. E. Hicks.  Marva is an alumnus of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts where she earned her BFA, cum laude. She had her first record deal while still a student at Howard. Marva was recently seen on Broadway in the box office record breaking show 'Motown the Musical', in the roles of Esther Gordy and Gladys Knight. For the past two years, Marva has performed with city symphonies throughout the U.S and Canada in Louis and Ella and All that Jazz, a concert tribute to the legends Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Her film credits include 'Labor Day', starring Josh Brolin and Tobey Maguire , 'Assunder', starring Blair Underwood and 'Virtuosity', starring Denzel Washington. Marva can also be seen on the Emmy nominated Netflix dramatic series, 'House of Cards', starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and as the District Attorney in the newest Netflix Production, 'Daredevil'. As a gospel singer, she is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir and is a featured vocalist on their Christmas CD, 'Great Joy' as well as their forthcoming CD, 'Great Joy II'.

Byron Stripling, trumpet

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With a contagious smile and captivating charm, trumpet virtuoso, Byron Stripling, has ignited audiences internationally. As soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Stripling has performed frequently under the baton of Keith Lockhart, as well as being featured soloist on the PBS television special, "Evening at Pops," with conductors John Williams and Mr. Lockhart. Since his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Stripling has become a pops orchestra favorite throughout the country, soloing with Boston Pops, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Dallas Symphony, to name a few. He has been a featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and performs at jazz festivals throughout the world. Currently, Stripling serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra. A resident of Ohio, STRIPLING lives in the country with his wife, former dancer, writer and poet, Alexis and their beautiful daughters.

Special Thanks
Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Logo
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF ELLA FITZGERALD

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