Five Best Things to Do in August

THE SHORTLIST: Five musts from our August culture calendar

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Ella Fitzgerald


The Chicago Jazz Festival gets a splashy start with a performance celebrating the 95th birthday of the late Ella Fitzgerald, starring the local songbirds Frieda Lee, Spider Saloff, and Dee Alexander, who has some of the best pipes around.


8/30 The final installment of Made in Chicago doubles as opening night for the 34th annual fest. The vocalists Dee Alexander, Frieda Lee, and Spider Saloff team up with Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s legendary 1950s Songbook recordings of American standards, in honor of what would have been her 95th birthday. At 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Washington.


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