With a career spanning nearly six decades, Ella Fitzgerald (1917-96) was known not only as the Queen of Jazz but as one of the definitive interpreters of the American songbook. Discovered as a teenager by bandleader Chick Webb, she had a wide-ranging career that embraced standards, jazz, scat, film, and television. This fond tribute to an American jazz legend also explores Fitzgerald’s early years and the childhood secrets she fought to suppress during her lifetime.
Jane Ellen is the consummate storyteller with eclectic interests, specializing in music and entertainment history. She is an award-winning composer and recording artist who shares her passion for music, history, and spirituality with Albuquerque audiences. With a catalogue of more than 60 published works and numerous choral and chamber commissions, her music has been performed internationally.