Centennial Ella – The Big One – Hundred!

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!

Some resources:
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:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/27/verve-records-jazz-norman-granz

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!