A Celebration of Ella and Louis in Melbourne International Jazz Festival
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival opened with A Celebration of Ella & Louis featuring Patti Austin and James Morrison singing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Benjamin Northey conducted. Jazz deities Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong often worked together, having been brought together by Verve label producer Norman Granz (famed for fighting prejudice in the music industry). They recorded Duets in 1956 and made two more albums together in 1957 and 1958.