Grammy-winning R&B, jazz, and big band icon Patti Austin has a Grade A pedigree to match her impressive voice — boasting Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington as godparents, the singer made her debut at the Apollo Theater at just age four. In 2014, Austin revives the legendary collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, playing Ella opposite the Duke Ellington Orchestra in a series of highly anticipated US tour dates. Renowned for her energy, improvisatory skills, and on-stage warmth, Austin stays faithful to her material while adding a tasteful modern twist that keeps fans coming back for more.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"Patti blended a variety of her music and added a lot of detail to each song. Patti is truly an entertainer with a heart and soul that embrace the words and notes she sings!"
"Patti Austin put on a very nice show. Ella would be proud to have Patti do a show about her. Great voice, good music, and very entertaining."
"Patti Austin is an amazing talent! Her voice is like silk... she makes it look effortless. And she's hysterically funny!"
Born in Harlem, New York, Patti Austin got an early start in music, signing her first contract with RCA Records when she was just five years old. Between 1969 and 1991, she landed an impressive 20 tracks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including the 1981 funk masterpiece "Do You Love Me," which reached No. 1 on the US Dance chart. Throughout the '80s, Austin lent her voice to a variety of projects, eventually becoming known as "Queen of The Jingles" for her appearance in ads by companies ranging from Burger King and Meow Mix to the US Army. More recently, Austin has delved into jazz and big band with fabulous results — 2008's Avant Gershwin earned her a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.