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Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
April 29, 2017 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us for a celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday with a tribute concert by the L’Tanya Mari’ Quartet!
The acclaimed jazz vocalist, L’Tanya Mari’ will be paying tribute to the immortal Ella Fitzgerald. She will be performing and swinging such gems from Ella’s career as “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “Mr. Paganini,” “Mack The Knife” and “Cotton Tail” with her band – pianist Harry Appelman, bassist Steve Zerlin, and drummer Leland Nakamura. The special night will also feature L’Tanya Mari’ telling stories about Ella Fitzgerald’s colorful life and career.
About Ella Fitzgerald:
Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella.)
She performed at top venues all over the world and packed them to the hilt. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range. They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions, and all nationalities. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common – they all loved her.
Doors open at 7:00 and show starts at 8:00 PM
Concert Ticket Prices & Info:
All Tickets are General Admission
$15 in advance until 3:00 PM on the day of event
$20 at the door
Children: 12 years and below are free when accompanied by an adult
Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours. All sales are final. Exceptions for special circumstances may be made no later than 24 hours prior to performance.
Here’s Ella Fitgerald Singing Mack the Knife:
About L’Tanya Mari:
Well respected on the East Coast as an inventive jazz singer, arranger, songwriter and educator, L’Tanya Mari’s (la-tanya-mar-ee) much-anticipated debut CD, A Teardrop of Sun, was released in 2009. The project is an eclectic mixture of songs that include fresh versions of standards along with numbers that are lesser-known but quite worthy, ranging from straight ahead jazz to bossa novas, sambas, blues and modern fusion. “Of the standards, I particularly love ‘You Go To My Head,’ says L’Tanya. “It connects with and means a lot to many people even though it is decades old. It tells a story that is still relevant and has a life of its own, qualities that I hope are true of all of the songs that I perform.”
L’Tanya Mari’, who grew up in Philadelphia, has always been surrounded by jazz. “I remember hearing Charlie Parker’s recording of ‘April In Paris’ early on. Noticing that I was resonating more with fusion in my teen years, my father tried to tip the scales a bit by buying me some of the earlier recordings of Sarah, Ella, and Carmen. That did it! By the time I was 17, I was out at record stores looking for other jazz vocal albums.”
Early signs seemed to indicate L’Tanya was going to be an instrumentalist, as she studied cello for seven years and then added piano into the mix, “but as I tended to hum along with my cello playing, my cello teacher suggested that I should add singing to my list of goals.”
While earning a Bachelors Degree in Music Business at Howard University, L’Tanya Mari’ was also on her way to becoming a notable jazz singer. She began studying with the celebrated drummer-singer Grady Tate who influenced her phrasing, urging her to always connect with an audience by really feeling the lyrics. While residing in Washington D.C. and the northeast corridor, sitting in at jam sessions helped her secure gigs, build up her skills as a jazz singer, and increase her repertoire. Hungry for a deeper musical knowledge, L’Tanya pursued a Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the University Of The Arts while coming into her own as a jazz singer.
Since her graduation, L’Tanya has become an active music educator in addition to performing regularly throughout the Philadelphia and Washington, DC metro area. “I enjoy learning from my students. I have a roster of 40 students on average, and everyone is different. Some are preparing to go to school for jazz vocal and studies, others just want to learn specific things like basic theory, while there are some who just want to learn how to feel comfortable singing in front of people. It is rewarding finding what they need and passing on the knowledge that I have.”