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Classical IPR in Concert: A tribute to Ella and Louis with Rodney Whitaker and friends


Bassist Rodney Whitaker and friends recently performed a musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

At the start of 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Whitaker and an all-star roster of colleagues visited at Interlochen Center for the Arts and performed in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Hear their tribute concert this week on Classical IPR in Concert.

Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon or any time on demand below.


Bassist Rodney Whitaker

Barbarin: Bourbon Street Parade

DeLange, Alter: Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?

Berlin: Cheek to Cheek

Ellington: New Orleans Suite: Portrait of Louis Armstrong

Carmichael, Washington: The Nearness of You

Sparks: Every Say I Have the Blues

Redman, Mills: St. James Infirmary

Allen: Solo improvisation

Traditional: Travelin’ Blues

Sampson: Stompin’ At the Savoy

Gershwin: They Can’t Take That Away from Me


Rodney Whitaker (bass and leader)

Carl Allen (drums)

Christopher Crenshaw (trombone)

Rockelle Fortin (vocals)

Victor Goines (sax and clarinet)

Christopher McDole (vocals)

Marcus Printup (trumpet)

Eric Reed (piano) 

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Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.