Sam Smith’s vocal coach Joanna Eden will perform Ella Fitzgerald tribute at Dereham’s Memorial Hall

Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald - Credit: Contributed

A tribute to one of jazz music's most endearing singers, Ella Fitzgerald, comes to Dereham on Friday.

A tribute to Ella Fitzgerald comes to Dereham's Memorial Hall. Picture: Dereham Jazz Society

A tribute to Ella Fitzgerald comes to Dereham's Memorial Hall. Picture: Dereham Jazz Society - Credit: Dereham Jazz Society

Joanna Eden performs a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Dereham's Memorial Hall. Picture: Dereham Jazz

Joanna Eden performs a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Dereham's Memorial Hall. Picture: Dereham Jazz Society - Credit: Dereham Jazz Society

Ella would have turned 100 on April 25 and an evocative evening of anecdote, insight and classic songs is planned to mark the centenary.

The Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall and Dereham Jazz Society have joined forces to bring one of the best musical tributes to the Memorial Hall.


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This show features the swinging 78 RPM Big Band accompanying the vocal talents of Joanna Eden to do justice to Ella Fitzgerald's long and stellar career.

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In what Joanna describes as a 'labour of love', she will perform songs from different stages of the career of her Virginia-born vocal heroine.

Ella was often referred to as the First Lady of Song and who, after a monumental career, died in 1996 aged 79.

Selections will range from the early work that brought Ella Fitzgerald to fame in the 1940s with the Chick Webb Orchestra, to later classics such as Cole Porter's Every Time We Say Goodbye and George Gershwin's Someone to Watch Over Me.

Joanna, who has family living in Dereham, was the vocal teacher for singing sensation Sam Smith.

The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald starts at 7.30pm on Friday, May 26. Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets cost £16 online from www.ticketsource.co.uk over the counter at Bright and Beautiful Flowers on Wellington Road, Dereham, 01362 288124 or on the door.

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