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Ella at the Savoy: A Centennial Tribute
Kenan Music Building Rehearsal Hall
Chapel Hill, NC
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In 1934, Ella Fitzgerald was a homeless teenager on the streets of Harlem with an incredible voice - she was discovered at the Apollo Theater's famous amateur night that year and was quickly picked up by drumming powerhouse Chick Webb to perform in his orchestra. Chick Webb's band was the most prominent of the house bands at the Savoy Ballroom, one of New York's largest ballrooms, the only integrated ballroom in New York, and the birthplace of Lindy Hop. Before she was the First Lady of Song, Ella honed her skills as a big band singer with some of New York's top working jazz musicians of the 1930's.

April 25, 2017 marked Ella's 100th birthday and, as a centennial tribute, a group of Triangle musicians has come together to celebrate her early work with the Chick Webb Orchestra and, in the years following Chick Webb's death in 1939 at the height of the orchestra's fame, leading the orchestra under her own name - Ella Fitzgerald and her Famous Orchestra. We did this show back in April and it was a sellout, so we're doing it again!

There will be seating for everyone, but we will also have plenty of room for dancing on the wood floor in the Kenan Rehearsal Hall, if you are so inclined.

Laura Windley - vocals
Stephen Coffman - drums
Jim Crew - piano
Peter Kimosh - bass
Chip Newton - guitar
Keenan McKenzie - reeds
Aaron Hill - reeds
Dan Hitchcock - reeds
Griffin Ross - reeds
Lucian Cobb - trombone
Evan Ringel - trombone
Jim Ketch - trumpet
Kyle Santos - trumpet
Paul Rogers - trumpet

$15 general admission, $10 for students. Seating is limited to 180 people, so don't wait too long to get tickets!

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Special thanks to the Forry Fund at the Durham Jazz Workshop for sponsoring the show - for more information on the Durham Jazz Workshop, visit
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Kenan Music Building Rehearsal Hall (View)
125 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
United States


Arts > Dance
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Laura Windley
On BPT Since: Jun 13, 2017
Laura Windley

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