Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass

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Stella Bass sings Ella, in Dolan's on Wednesday 11

 

WITH every gig for of September’s jazz festival meriting a victory dance for quality on the part of Limerick Jazz Society, their next platform is a return to past. invoking legends gone. ‘A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass’ will entertain us Dolan’s Upstairs on Wednesday October 11, 8.30pm doors.

The artist is the young Stella Bass who is a singer and pianist of note Her versatile repertoire is being refined further through a Masters of Music at Dublin’s Conservatory of Music.

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Stella will be accompanied by Hugh Buckley, the guitar maestro whose string riffs will emulate those of Joe Pass. “His innovative use of chord changes and phrasing have influenced a generation of jazz guitarists,” John Daly of LJS tells us. “Between 1973 and 1986, Ella Fitzgerald and Pass recorded six albums together – four in studio and two live – the second of which would win Ella her eighth Grammy Award in 1977.

“The material consists mostly of classics from the Great American Songbook, many songs being reinterpretations of numbers Ella had previously recorded in different settings.

“These albums are still recognised today as some of the finest examples of voice/ guitar duets.”

We’re promised an original and interesting take on this discography from Bass and … Pass (- sorry, Hugh! RR).