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Friday, November 17th, 2017
It's hard to imagine what jazz would sound like today were it not for the sultry and soulful voices of Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald. Both singers' careers spanned more than half a century, during which they left an indelible mark on the music and entertainment industry: Horne as a Hollywood performer, nightclub singer and Civil Rights Movement activist, and Fitzgerald as a solo artist renowned for her collaborations with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. In celebration of the divas' 100th birthday, vocalist Joan Curto, called "a seasoned interpreter who makes every note count" by the "Chicago Tribune", joins Chicago artists and the City Lights Orchestra for a big-band celebration featuring classics "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Oh, Lady Be Good," "Lullaby of Birdland," "The Man I Love," "Stormy Weather" and many more.