We are pleased to announce the first winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Competition on the occasion of its namesake’s centennial celebration. The winner of our competition is Ms. Alyssa Allgood of Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Allgood completed her Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where she won the coveted […]
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The Ella Fitzgerald jazz vocal competition is the culmination of our non-profit Blues Alley Jazz Society youth and education programming. Our event combines our youth orchestra, summer camp and annual children’s jazz festival to focus on America’s “First Lady of Song”. In honor of the “First Lady of Song’s” 102nd birthday the Blues Alley Jazz Society […]
Quotes by Ella:
"It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts."
"The only thing better than singing is more singing."
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."