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Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams; December 15 at 8 pm


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Maestro LUKE FRAZIER and THE AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA perform Ella Fitzgerald’s iconic holiday album, ELLA WISHES YOU A SWINGING CHRISTMAS, with host VANESSA WILLIAMS and featuring performances by DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, CARMEN RUBY FLOYD, MORGAN JAMES, NORM LEWIS and NOVA Y. PAYTON

 

The American Pops Orchestra (APO) announced the release of “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams,” which premieres Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 8:00-9:00 p.m. on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App. In partnership with The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Maestro Luke Frazier and APO present a new

eft to right: Maestro Luke S. Frazier and the American Pops Orchestra, Vanessa Williams, Nova Y. Payton.
eft to right: Maestro Luke S. Frazier and the American Pops Orchestra, Vanessa Williams, Nova Y. Payton.

take on Ella’s classic 1960 holiday album, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, performed in its entirety by a stellar lineup of artists. One of the most celebrated holiday albums of all time, it featured classic American songs of the season, including “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland.”

Filmed in front of a small, socially-distanced live audience under strict COVID-19 mitigation procedures at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., “Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams” features performances by Grammy and Tony Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater (joining APO from New Orleans); Broadway and jazz vocalist Carmen Ruby Floyd; Broadway star and

Carmen Ruby Floyd performs "White Christmas."
Carmen Ruby Floyd performs “White Christmas.”

recording artist Morgan James; Grammy and Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis; and celebrated recording artist Nova Y. Payton. The program also features performances by its host, the multi-Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominee Vanessa Williams. All performers are joined by The American Pops Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Luke Frazier.

“To me, it feels more important than ever that we embrace the things that take us back to a simpler time—a time of celebrating the holidays with a sense of nostalgia. This extraordinary holiday album has been the soundtrack for so many of us for more than four decades. To share Ella’s iconic music interpreted by a new generation of

Left to right: Maestro Luke S. Frazier and host Vanessa Williams.
Left to right: Maestro Luke S. Frazier and host Vanessa Williams.

extraordinary singers is a gift to us all!” said APO Founder and Music Director, Luke Frazier.

“Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams” will stream simultaneously with broadcast and be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast.