Songstress Joan Ellison shines a spotlight on Judy Garland’s celebrated second act as a concert artist, in this new show backed by a 4-piece combo. The evening of hits in authentic arrangements includes “That’s Entertainment,” “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Just in Time,” “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” “A Foggy Day,” “Over the Rainbow,” and, of course, “Get Happy!” Listen here.
The judy Garland Carnegie Hall Concert Restoration project
Blog post (October 17, 2017): Michael Feinstein has invited me to join the Judy Garland Carnegie Hall Concert Restoration Project team as Editor, for The Judy Garland Heirs Trust. As part of this project to preserve Judy Garland’s musical legacy, our aim is to restore all of the original symphonic arrangements from the 1961 Carnegie Hall Concert and make them available for live performance once again. Since late last summer I have been restoring and performing a handful of Judy’s original arrangements that the Trust, of which Michael Feinstein is a trustee, very graciously shared with me. But to get the chance to work on a preservation project like this is so exciting that I still have to stop and pinch myself. (And then I look at the long road ahead and it sobers me up in a hurry, but I digress…) Read all about it.....
...Vocal prowess [and] organic grasp of the classic songs... Michael Feinstein
[Joan] doesn't just blow off the dust — she gets inside the raw material and inhabits it. Piers Ford, Cry Me a Torch Song
For a singer who’s been obsessed with Judy Garland since childhood, who is Judy-esque in appearance, and who’s a near voice double for her idol, the path is clear: Don’t fight it. Thus, Joan Ellison’s cabaret homage to Garland proved to be a captivating evening of song…The voice is big and clear with plenty of range. Ellison can belt with the best of them, [and] is very personable and utterly likeable...New York deserves to see and hear more of Joan Ellison. Marilyn Lester, Cabaret Scenes
Ellison’s voice is tender and sincere, completely capable of the stunning vocal athleticism for which Garland is remembered. Emily Votaw, WOUB Public Media
Ellison is all freshness, vulnerability, and charm, singing up a storm (and, yes, a rainbow)…The singer brings a keen blend of vocal splendor and verbal crispness to every musical moment. She inhabits the texts as if living them anew. Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer
Joan Ellison, on the other hand, is a ringer for Garland… — the voice, the mannerisms, the look. But this is more than an imitation. She conveys the authority of a superstar. "The Boy from Oz" was worth seeing just for her breathtaking performance. Bill O’Neill, Collier Citizen