Stars Pay Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald At Apollo Theater – And Take A Swipe At Republican Nominee
Actors Kevin Spacey and David Alan Grier were a few of the performers who honored jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald – but also couldn’t resist taking a few pot shots at presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Spacey and Grier joined singers Andra Day, Patti Austin, Cassandra Wilson, Monica Mancini and Lizz Wright Oct. 22 at “A Tribute To Ella” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the all-star tribute to Fitzgerald, who would have been 100 years old next year and is considered one of the greatest ever jazz singers. The Count Basie Orchestra – itself celebrating 80 years of swinging – provided the tunes.
Spacey – in character as Frank Underwood in his show “House of Cards” – cracked jokes on Trump’s cringe worthy appearance at the Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner last week.
“That Al Smith dinner didn’t go so well for Donald,” Spacey said at “A Tribute To Ella” Oct. 22 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. “I guess he decided since he’s not gonna be president, he’ll get to bomb someplace!”
And when it was Grier’s turn on the mike, he wanted to make sure there weren’t any Trump lovers in the sold out crowd.
“Mr. white gentleman in the front – I hope you’re not a Trump supporter!!” Grier said to laughs.
Grier joked that that was it for black presidents after Obama’s two-term stint in the White House.
“We had a good run,” he said. “But this is it, for the next 150, 200 years. We’re gonna tell our grandkids, but they won’t believe us.”
Spacey, who later performed the duet “The Lady Is A Tramp” with Andra Day, also praised the “Cry Me A River” singer, who made her debut at the Apollo Theater in 1934.
“First of all, I’m honored to be on this stage tonight honoring this extraordinary woman,” he said. “Nobody had swing like Ella.”