Various Artists: Ella 100: Live at the Apollo! Concord Jazz In 1934 a 17-year old unknown by the name of Ella Fitzgerald took the stage at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. It was Amateur Night and that nervous first performance launched a career; she’d barely need that surname after.
The 2010 Arts Festival was hard work for me – I reviewed loads of shows and copped grief almost every second day it seemed. The Jazz Police started a campaign to get me canned from reviewing jazz gigs – and it worked. I had to return tickets to Branford Marsalis (and was super fucked-off). It […]