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Live Show

The music of two of all-time iconic greats of jazz combined into one show featuring Alice Grace and

Strictly Smokin' Big Band

“…one of the UK’s most effortlessly fluent big bands”

– Jazz Alert

Get ready to swing the night away with the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band as they bring to life the timeless music of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington.  A projected backdrop of images helps to tell the stories of these greats, and with vocalist Alice Grace leading the charge, you’ll be transported back to a golden age of jazz.


As the band takes the stage, you’ll be immersed in the classic sounds of the big band era. From the classic melodies of Duke Ellington to the powerhouse vocals of Ella Fitzgerald, the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band brings the music to life with all the energy and excitement that made that era famous.  An exciting journey through the music and lives of these two legends featuring “Let’s Do It”, “Time After Time”, “A Tisket, A Tasket”, “Perdido” and many more both original and brand new arrangements.


Together, Michael Lamb’s Strictly Smokin’ Big Band and Alice Grace deliver a performance that’s sure to get your feet tapping and your heart singing. So don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. tickets on sale now!

  • Ella & Ellington revolves around two of the most famous jazz musicians of all time:  Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. 
  • Performed by 18 piece big band Strictly Smokin' Big Band and Alice Grace.

  • There is a narrative throughout the show which tells the story of Ella, Ellington and many of their collaborators along with their relationships both personal and musical.

  • Our show’s projected backdrops are carefully curated and have proven extremely popular with audiences; increasing engagement and elevating the performance beyond a ‘gig’.

  • Our Spring 2023 tour of Harlem ‘58 sold to 95% across venues in the North and our Ella & Ellington preview at Sunderland’s Fire Station sold to 90%.

  • Recent sold-out venues include Sage Gateshead, Durham Gala Theatre, Alnwick Playhouse, Queen's Hall Hexham, Gosforth Civic Theatre and numerous others.

  • Preview of Ella & Ellington at Sunderland's Fire Station on July 2023 sold to 90% - review here.

  • Album re-release in Spring 2023 to coincide with tour.

  • Ella & Ellington is touring Spring 2024.

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Available to purchase or download:

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Also available to purchase/ stream:

  • Spotify
  • Amazon
  • Apple Music
  • Tidal

The show's projected backdrop explores the intricacies of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, their music and various collaborators:

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