(2018 will be posted soon)

1. Gala Opening Ceremony – the gala opening concert will be conducted on Friday, April 28th at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University in the District of Columbia. This year we will present featured vocalist and GRAMMY-award winner Patti Austin. Ms. Austin shall perform accompanied by the world-renowned Count Basie Orchestra in an all-star, big band tribute to Ms. Ella Fitzgerald. The concert will feature selections from their seminal 1963 recording “Ella and Basie”. Tickets will be sold separately. Group sales available also.

2. Blues Alley Jazz – throughout the celebratory birthday tribute weekend jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini will also be performing alternative selections in her own repertoire celebrating the “First Lady of Song” Ms. Ella Fitzgerald. The dates of her performance will be April 28th-30th with the winner of the competition performing before Ms. Gambarini’s final set on Sunday, April 30th. A portion of the proceeds for this special performance shall be set aside to benefit the vocal competition and to sustain its financial permanency. Tickets will be available separately at www.BluesAlley.com. Group sales will also be available by contacting Blues Alley Jazz directly at (202) 337-4141.


lombardyhotelThe Hotel Lombardy is the competition host hotel.

Use this link to get a special rate from Tuesday, April 25, 2017 until Tuesday, May 1, 2017.