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We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song 

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Patti Austin ... Herself
Shelly Berg Shelly Berg ... Himself - Pianist
Natalie Cole ... Herself
Ella Fitzgerald ... Herself (archive footage)
Quincy Jones ... Himself
Wynonna Judd ... Herself
Dave Koz ... Himself
Kimberley Locke ... Herself
Monica Mancini Monica Mancini ... Herself
Ruben Studdard ... Himself
Nancy Wilson ... Herself
Stevie Wonder ... Himself
Lizz Wright Lizz Wright ... Herself
Ledisi Young ... Herself
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6 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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Ain't Misbehavin'
Music by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf
Performed by Wynonna Judd
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Ella Fitzgerald receives tribute in this Great Performances show
1 August 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Natalie Cole and Quincy Jones hosted this tribute to one of the greatest singers ever. Ms. Cole started off by singing one of Ms. Fitzgerald's first hits, "A Tisket, A Tasket". Then Wynonna sang "Ain't Misbehavin'". Stevie Wonder sang "Too Close for Comfort". Patti Austin with Take 6 sang "How High the Moon". Take 6 returned with "Just in Time." Nancy Wilson sang "Someone to Watch Over Me." And others came on like Ruben Studdard and a few other singers and instrumental players that I can't remember. Also, they showed a few clips of Ella singing with such musicians like Duke Ellington and Count Basie. And a recording of hers from 1975 called "Cry Me a River" was heard for the first time with a live band on air playing over her vocals. All in all, a great showcase for showing how influential Ms. Ella Fitzgerald was to many of the musicians that showed up for this very entertaining episode of Great Performances. Highly recommended for jazz fans and those of the lady being celebrated in this show.


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