Angelina Arts Alliance News Release – October 10, 2013

Contact: Ginger Trotter, Marketing and Communications – 936-633-3220

Angelina Arts Alliance


October 09, 2013

For immediate release

Contact:  Ginger Trotter, Marketing/Production


Experience the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald at the Temple Theater


LUFKIN, TX. Ella Fitzgerald’s impact on song, on jazz and on humanity is undeniable. Tickets are currently on sale for A TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD, coming to the Temple Theater on Sunday October 27, at 7:30 pm. Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. Angelina Arts Alliance proudly presents A TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD with tickets ranging from $32-$41 (Premium/Box $51), sponsored by City of Lufkin, and J.E. Kingham Construction Company. 2013-14 Season Sponsors are Lufkin Industries, Inc., and Memorial Health System of East Texas. 

During her lifetime, Ella Fitzgerald won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.  Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless.  She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra.  She worked with all the jazz greats from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman.  (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella.)  She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt.  Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range.  They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions and all nationalities. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common – they all loved her. 

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald will feature many of the original big band arrangements graciously made available by the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Program with the assistance of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.   Besides HEARING this historic tribute, patrons will SEE archival images of Ella throughout her career reproduced from the original photographs in the Smithsonian’s collection. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will join with regional musicians and will feature vocalist Delores King Williams, paying tribute to Ella with her elegant style and vocal expertise.  The repertoire centers on a special moment in American history by pulling original arrangements done for Ella in the 1940-1950s from the Smithsonian and Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation archives – arrangements not heard by live audiences in over 40 years.  Superstar arrangers such as Billy May, Count Basie, Van Alexander, Billy Strayhorn and Benny Carter make up the majority of the selections.  Additionally, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterwork Orchestra commissioned new arrangements for the band that keep in the spirit of the body of work represented from Ella’s songbook adding a sense of contemporariness to round out this unique show.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (936) 633-5454 or in person at the Temple Theater box office, Monday – Friday, 11 am to 5 pm on the Angelina College campus in Lufkin. To learn more about this show and the entire 2013-2014 season visit the Angelina Arts Alliance website, or call the box office. ‘Like’ the Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news and ticket giveaways.

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Ella Fitzgerald

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