Swing! (Television Thoughts: Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams, PBS)

Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas’ is one of the most well-known and beloved Holiday albums of all time. So here comes PBS with a tribute to that album: an outdoor concert at The Meridian International Center in Washington. Luke Frazier and the American Pops Orchestra has recreated the original arrangements by Frank DeVol and Russ Garcia, and modern singers, led by Vanessa Williams have been recruited to interpret them. It’s marvelous that these songs sound so vibrant in these orchestrations and the singers, including DeeDee Bridgwater and Norm lewis sing them in a contemporary manner without losing any of the appeal. Ms. Williams is particularly wonderful, especially in ‘What Are You Doing new Year’s Eve.’ This special is worth seeking!

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