Freddie Jackson to headline Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival in Newport News

The Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival is smaller than it once was, but the event remains dedicated to honoring the legacy of America's First Lady of Song. This year's festival will happen April 27 and will feature R&B vocalist Freddie Jackson.

The concert, hosted by the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center in Newport News, will take place two days after what would have been Ella Fitzgerald's 96th birthday. Fitzgerald was born April 25, 1917, in Newport News.

Jackson is a Harlem-born singer who found much success in the 1980s with smooth, romantic R&B hits including "You Are My Lady," "Rock Me Tonight," "Tasty Love" and "He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)." His most recent substantial hit was 1992's "I Could Use A Little Love (Right Now)."

According to Wikipedia, Jackson's most recent album is "For You," released on the Entertainment One Music label in 2010.

Hampton R&B group The Myra Smith Experience will open the Ella Fitzgerald tribute show at 8 p.m. on April 27.

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