12/24/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Ailey’s 2021 Opening Night Gala

As special holiday gift from the Ailey company to you, watch the Opening Night Gala now through Dec 28. The performance honors you, our audience, our inspiration. Happy Holidays! Featuring: Robert Battle’s ‘Ella’(performed to live music by Jazzmeia Horne) and the finale of Love Stories,’ plus Bird’ Lives!, an excerpt from Alvin Ailey’s For Bird’ – With Love featuring Company member Clifton Brown with students from The Ailey School, and Mr. Ailey’s beloved Revelations. Continue reading

8/26/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Ella Fitzgerald And Duke Ellington Milan (1966)

Jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington perform an intimate concert in Milan 1966.  Continue reading

10/29/17 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Queens of Jazz- The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas

Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas featuring Sara Vaughan, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and more.  Continue reading

1/29/17 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Jazz Divas- Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Dorothy Dandridge

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Jazz Divas shares rare performances by Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Dorothy Dandridge.  Continue reading

5/24/15 O&A Gospel Sunday: Kim Burrell



Kimberly Burrell calls her musical style jazz gospel. Though she is comparatively new to the gospel music industry, having only performed since 1989, she has quickly become one of the most influential voices in the genre, often called “this generation’s Ella Fitzgerald.” In 2010, she founded The Love & Liberty Fellowship Pentecostal Overcoming Holy Church, where she serves as Senior Eldress/Overseer-Bishop. Continue reading

2/12/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: Nancy Wilson

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Nancy Wilson is an American entertainment living legend. With more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards she has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a consummate actress; and the complete entertainer.  The title she prefers, however, is song stylist.


Wilson recorded the 1934 pop standard The Very Thought of You, with music and lyrics by Ray Noble in 1963. One year earlier during a successful collaboration with Cannonball Adderley, he suggested that she should steer away from her original pop style and gear her music toward jazz and ballads. 

The Very Thought Of You 1964


Wilson released her debut single, Guess Who I Saw Today in 1960. It was so successful that between April 1960 and July 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums.

Guess Who I Saw Today 1994


In 1999, Wilson hosted a show in honor of Ella Fitzgerald entitled Forever Ella on the A & E Network

Someone to Watch Over Me 1999