Pink Martini’s China Forbes Wins Prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival Award

China Forbes, singer of the Portland band Pink Martini, recently received the Ella Fitzgerald Prize from the Montreal Jazz Festival. Forbes is shown here performing with Pink Martini at the Montreal event. (Photo: Victor Diaz Lamich)

China Forbes, lead singer of internationally acclaimed Portland band Pink Martini, has been honored by the Montreal Jazz Festival with the Ella Fitzgerald Award. Forbes received the award during a sold-out Pink Martini show at the Montreal festival on July 5.

As the festival’s website states, the Ella Fitzgerald Award, named after the famous American singer, was established in 1999 and is awarded annually to “a jazz singer of significant talent who has had an impact and influence important on the international scene”. Throughout his career, Forbes has sung in more than 20 languages, on stages ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the Olympia in Paris. A true star of the music world, China Forbes has released 8 albums with Pink Martini, with whom she performed 20 sold-out concerts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, as well as 3 solo albums.

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