Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday Anniversary with Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies...

Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday Anniversary with Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies in Newark March 24-25

2-Day FREE Symposium Featuring Musicians. Who Performed With Ella, Films, Discussions, Listening Sessions & Performances by Newark Favorite Carrie Jackson & Newcomer Alexis Morrast.

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Few figures in the world of entertainment reach a level of fame where their first names alone spark joy and recognition even among those unfamiliar with their work. Ella Fitzgerald is among that rarified few.

But even serious Ella fans might not know that 2017 marks the centennial of the birth of the jazz singer acclaimed as the International First Lady of Song for an incredible career that lasted nearly 60 years and touched so many lives.

From March 24-25 The Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) at Rutgers University will present CELLABRATION, a two-day FREE symposium of panels, films, music and more to celebrate the most influential vocalist in jazz history. The event will bring together musicians, historians, authors, record producers, critics and fans to honor Ella and her lasting impact. Symposium partners include Rutgers University libraries and Office of the Chancellor; the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, which provided grant support; and WBGO FM, the nation’s foremost jazz radio station.

SPEAKERS & TOPICS INCLUDE 

  • Dr. Judith Tick, whose biography Becoming Ella: The Jazz Genius Who Transformed American Song, will be published by W.W. Norton in 2018
  • Jim Blackman, Ella’s road manager at the end of her career
  • Lewis Porter, Grammy-nominated jazz educator, author and pianist on Ella’s extraordinary approach to improvisation
  • Dan Morgenstern, Grammy Award-winner, author, former editor of Down Beat, historian and IJS director for 36 years and Sheila Anderson, author and WBGO host, on where Ella fits in the tradition of jazz singing
  • Vincent Pelote from IJS on the decades-long interactions between Ella and Benny Carter
  • Tad Hershorn, IJS archivist and author of Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice, on the historic relationship between Ella and Norman Granz, her longtime manager and record producer
  • Mike Wofford, Fitzgerald’s pianist for the final three years of Ella’s career andRichard Wyands, her musical director in 1956, will discuss her approach to singing and play examples of how they accompanied her.
  • Phil Schaap, independent record producer, broadcaster and historian; Harry Weinger, vice president of A&R and product development at Universal Music; and Scott Wenzel, producer, Mosaic Records, will discuss getting historic Ella records out of the vaults and on their way to successful releases.
  • Rhonda Hamilton, WBGO host, will play and discuss favorite recordings by Ella
  • Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal columnist and producer of Clip Joint, will show rare film and video clips of Ella.

CONCERTS

Performances by artists inspired by Ella will close each day at Clement’s Place, Newark’s own jazz performance space.

  • March 24 – Newark Science Park High School Jazz Ensemble.
  • March 24 – Alexis Morrast. A 15-year-old emerging New Jersey star vocalist
  • March 25 – Carrie Jackson. Newark’s favorite jazz vocalist.

WHAT: 2-Day FREE Symposium on Ella Fitzgerald to celebrate her 100th birthday year.

WHEN: Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017 / 9AM to 8PM

WHERE: 15 Washington Street in Newark, New Jersey (short walk from the Newark Museum and the Newark Library).

DIRECTIONS: NJ Transit of PATH trains to Newark Penn or Broad Street stations then NJ Light Rail to Washington Street / walk (7) blocks east.

#  SCHEDULE BELOW  # 
(Fri) MARCH 24
 subject to change
930-1015 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

1015-1030 AM
Welcome
Wayne Winborne, Executive Director of Institute of Jazz Studies
 
1030 – 11:30 AM
Ella: An Introduction
Judith Tick, PhD and Jim Blackman

Moderator: Tad Hershorn

1130-1230 PM
Ella Fitzgerald: The Beginning and The End
Vincent Pelote
12:30 – 2 PM              
Lunch / Film Screening
2-3 PM

The Producers: Phil Schaap, Harry Weinger, Scott Wenzel  

Moderator: Karen Kennedy, 24/7 Artist Management

4-5 PM
Curated Listening Session with WBGO FM Host Rhonda Hamilton
5:30 – 6:30 PM                          
RECEPTION @ CLEMENT’s PLACE
6:30 – 8 PM
CONCERTS
* 1st SET:  Science Park High School Jazz Ensemble, Mario McMiller, Director
* 2nd SET: Rising star Alexis Morrast from New Jersey  

(Sat) MARCH 25
 subject to change
9-10 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast
10-10:45 AM
Ella Fitzgerald and Norman Granz
Tad Hershorn
11-11:45 AM
Reflections on Ella Fitzgerald and Jazz Singing 

Dan Morgenstern, interviewed by WBGO FM Host Sheila Anderson
 
11:45-1PM
Lunch & Film Screening
1-2 PM
Ella Fitzgerald: The Improviser

Lewis Porter

2-3:30 PM
The Accompanists:
Mike Wofford and Richard   Wyands

Moderator: Judith Tick, PH.D.

3:30-5 PM

Ella on Film 

Will Friedwald
5-6:45 PM
RECEPTION @ CLEMENT’s PLACE
7-8:30 PM
CONCERT
Carrie Jackson featuring Houston Person