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Patti Austin pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald in Jazz Up concert

     Hong Kong will have the opportunity to see Patti Austin's live performances of Ella Fitzgerald's songs in May, one of the highlights of Jazz Up series.

     Patti Austin, whose singing talent got the attention of Quincy Jones, the godfather of music, and whose amazing range and richness of voice has earned her a huge following over the past 30 years.

     Austin has reached a milestone in her career with her live concert album "For Ella" paying tribute to jazz great Ella Fitzgerald.

     "Hearing Ella sing was like falling in love. Hearing Patti sing Ella is like falling in love again," said Hugh Hefner, the creator of Playboy magazine.

     Born in New York, Patti Austin, a goddaughter of musical legends Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington, first hit the stage with Washington at the age of four, debuting at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. She recalls seeing Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Lena Horne at the famous venue.

     In the 80s, Austin participated in Quincy Jones albums "Stuff Like That" and "The Dude". Her debut album was "Every Home Should Have One", including the chart-topping "Baby Come To Me", a duet with James Ingram. The pair reprised their success in 1983 with the Oscar-nominated "How Do You Keep the Music Playing". Later, Austin's "The Girl Who Used To Be Me" (from the film "Shirley Valentine") had been nominated for Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy awards. With live performances of the material on "For Ella", Patti Austin can look at her latest accomplishment with much justifiable pride - it is a landmark in an incredible career - whose creativity knows no limits.

     Performing artists in the concert will be the Music Director Gregory Field on drums, Charles Berghofer on bass and Shelton Berg on piano.

     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Patti Austin concert, one of the programmes in "Jazz Up 2005-6" series, will be staged at 8pm on May 16 (Monday) at Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

     Tickets priced at $400, $280 and $150 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (limited tickets for students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). For details about other discounts, please refer to the programme leaflet.

     For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit ; for more information, visit .

     Another highlight of "Jazz Up 2005/6" will be the concert of "The Chick Corea Elektric Band" to be staged on May 5. A 10% discount applies to each purchase of standard tickets for two Jazz Up concerts: "The Chick Corea Elektric Band" and "Patti Austin".

Ends/Saturday, March 19, 2005

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