Women’s Jazz Festival: There’s Something About Ella 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Women’s Jazz Festival: There’s Something About Ella, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, Harlem, New York, March 20, 2017.
The Schomburg’s annual Women’s Jazz Festival, in honor of Women’s History Month, features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz! is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2017. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. On this special evening of the festival, guests will be treated to an intimate conversation between scholars, artists, and archivists who will discuss the legacy of women in jazz, and in particular Ella Fitzgerald. Joining the conversation are classically trained jazz vocalist Candice Hoyes and Rommi Smith, a poet, playwright, and lecturer representing African-American jazz and blues women as agents of social change within civil rights movements. WBGO Jazz 88.3FM/WBGO.org is a media partner of the 2017 Women’s Jazz Festival.
Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer often referred to as the “First Lady of Song,” “Queen of Jazz,” and “Lady Ella.” She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a “horn-like” improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Her genres included Swing, Bebop, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Blues.
Early Years: Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia, moving in the early 1920s to the city of Yonkers, in Westchester County, New York, as part of the first Great Migration of African Americans. The Fitzgeralds lived in a then a predominantly poor Italian area. She began her formal education at the age of six and proved to be an outstanding student.
Ella Fitzgerald: The First African-American woman to win a Grammy Award. Viva Ella!
Ella Fitzgerald via internet.
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