I love Ella Fitzgerald.
I do a series entitled Faith Sings Ella, where I sing her songs, as myself, in her special way.
This year, I want to tell her life story as I sing her songs, and as it is her 100th year of her birth, why not present her story in speech and in song to 100 audiences?
It’s a little crazy, I know. Ambitious and well, that’s the word for it, ambitious.
I posted in Facebook just what this is. Here is an excerpt:
“Here’s the truth…
I am taking a leap of faith, and trusting that I am doing what I’ve been called to do – sing songs that awaken memories, emotion, and joy…and inspire people with stories of perseverance, humor and hope. Ella Fitzgerald‘s story fits in a unique way, and this centennial project is essentially my telling of her story, far and wide. 50 shows. 50 tributes. It’s ambitious. I’ve already been told I can’t do it. #soencouraging #letstalkinayear#me+God=#winning … The success of this show will have a lasting impact on my career, but also on the lives of those present, and who receive the money raised… I truly believe that.
I would so appreciate your support in this endeavour, however is right for you – whether it’s buying a ticket, sharing posts, sending a little encouraging note… it hasn’t been easy but I know it is worth it, to inspire young and young at heart with Ella’s inspiring story – no matter where you come from, or who you are, you matter… and can make a difference in this world. ”
That’s what this is. That’s why it matters to me. I hope you’ll join me on this crazy journey.
Peace, and Blessings,
Today we celebrate the birth and life of one of America’s greatest musical treasures, the First Lady of Song, Ms. Ella Jane Fitzgerald!
One year ago, I knew just her music. Today, I know her life story like I know no other musician’s. Her voice and story of overcoming the toughest obstacles of her time are absolutely inspiring. I’m hoping we all take a moment today to get to know her as the person, as well as the inimitable and commanding performer that she was!
Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz, Stuart Nicholson
And this article is enlightening regarding her manager Norman Granz’s role in changing how jazz is seen:
I will be celebrating her life and work all year, a centennial year-long event! Coming to a city near you 😉
The first preview show is Saturday, April 29th, 2017, in Toronto, Canada at the Array Space on Walnut Avenue. I am taking bookings from all over North America right now, and will be swinging full force this summer! A Year with Ella…it’s going to be quite the ride…!!! See you out there!
Looking forward to performing some Motown with Savage Groove this Friday, for Canada Day!
Toronto Ribfest…I’m hungry already!
Happy Canada Day, everyone…in Canada!! 🙂
I was excited to be in town for this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival. It turns out, so were the other groups I am involved in, and it seems every rehearsal possible has been crammed over these 10 blissful days of jazz. Fortunately, I found a way to get away to a few choice performances over the last few days, and it’s not over yet!
Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Jazz Project
Very good show. I’ve seen the group before, in another setting. I came back for more.
The concept of the show seems to be to bring Sicilian folk and jazz together to create a special sound. It works. Occhipinti’s arrangements are always a little different than anything I’ve heard before, a little unexpected. The song vibes got more rock-influenced as the program rounded out. Their new singer for the evening, Dia, with her powerful voice and stunning beauty was a fantastic addition to the team including Mr. Dominic Mancuso on vocals.
This concert was well-attended and extremely well-received. The final number had us singing along with the band, in a very cool, interactive way. I won’t give away what happened, you’ll just have to be there next time to see what all the fuss is about. Super good stuff.
…you never know what will show up!
This Toronto Jazz Singer discovered that you never know who is watching, and what they will put online! Fortunately, this was the best kind of discovery.
Check out this article by a Paris critic that attended the show at Café Universel last year…hard to believe I didn’t know this existed until now! I am very grateful!
What do you think of the article? Send me a comment…
She is the inimitable Queen of Jazz.
Honour where honour is due.
Love you, Ella!
Jazz in Toronto: Singer-Guitar Duo coming to the City
One of my favourite jazz-folk music duos, all the way from New Mexico/Montana… Max Hatt/Edda Glass…
It is going to be one of our best shows of the year, and it’s only April/May! I’ll share more info soon…
Make your dinner reservation, Friday, May 6th, 6pm – 120 Diner, Toronto, Canada
It was incredible.
To be working side by side with my vocal colleagues and experience the beauty that is Kathleen Battle – it had to be experience to be understood.
Her kind demeanor was a welcome introduction to our collaboration, which would culminate with a concert at Roy Thomson Hall. This is normal for the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, but it was my first chance to witness her genius within my work day.
The blessings overflow.