The Ocean City Pops will present “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Ocean City Music Pier on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace.
The concert will honor the “First Lady of Song” and celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth, on April 25, 1917. The music will include classics from the Great American Songbook such as “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “Satin Doll,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Bewitched” and other favorites.
The Pops will be joined by soloists Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas and Met Opera star Harolyn Blackwell for the performance.
Fitzgerald, also known as the Queen of Jazz, was considered one of the most popular female jazz singers in the United States for more than a half century. She won 13 Grammy awards and sold more than 40 million albums throughout her 59-year career, which she capped off in 1993 with her last public performance. She died in June of 1996.
In addition to her solo career, Fitzgerald engaged in musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, The Ink Spots and others -- partnerships that produced songs such as "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Cheek to Cheek," "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," according to her website.
She also worked with jazz, pop and big-band names including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman.
Tickets are $25 to $35 and can be purchased at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.
The Ocean City Pops is a professional orchestra that plays a variety of music and programs for all ages. An evening with the Pops can include anything from a fully staged Broadway musical to opera, jazz, theme nights, movie scores, or a children’s lollipop concert. William Scheible is the orchestra's artistic director.