Ella Fitzgerald Birthday Celebration
 
This event was held on friday May 29th 1992 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills .This was a once in a life time event.  The guests, at this event were the who's who  of jazz.  Many of the artists that attended I got to meet such as, Henry Mancini, Joe Williams, James Moody and Ella herself who actually came up to me because she had recognized me from when we met previously at Muhammed Ali’s 50th Birthday Special. The rest, I admired from afar.  The night was spectacular.  



























The Evenings events were as follows:

Reception in the Grand Salon
Jazz Trio
Wendell Kelly - trombone - Joseph Kennedy - piano - Jesse Murphy - bass
Master of Ceremonies
Chuck Niles
Welcome
Larry Livingston-Dean of Music USC
Dinner Serenade
Shelly Berg - piano - Thom Mason - saxophone - Wendell Kelly - trombone
Dean Koba - drums - Jesse Murphy - bass
Birthday Toast
Steven Sample - President, USC
Van Alexander
Co-composer, A Ticket A Tasket
Musical Tribute to Ella
Louie Bellson - drums - Buddy Collette - tenor saxophone - Herb Jeffries - vocals
Barney Kessel - guitar - Marshall Royal - alto saxophone - Dave Stone - bass
Gerald Wiggins - piano - Joe Williams - vocals - Snooky Young - trumpet
 
To top off the evening Ella actually came up onto the stage and sang.  
This was a surprise to everyone.  She sounded as good as she did 50 years ago.
It was unbelievable.     





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