Musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

PRAISED as the ‘First Lady of Song’, Ella Fitzgerald was a much loved jazz singer who applied her impeccable vocal style to many of the tunes which have become known as the ‘Great American Songbook’.

Her inspirational singing will be celebrated by vocalist Julie Dunn on Sunday, April 29 at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.

Ella Fitzgerald was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable phrasing and intonation, and a “saxophone-like” improvisational ability, particularly in her ‘scat’ singing.

Fitzgerald had originally intended to go on stage as a dancer, but intimidated by a local dance duo called the Edwards Sisters, she opted to sing instead. She found musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across the USA, but most often associated with the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.

Later she built a solo career with esteemed record label Verve Records where she recorded some of her more widely noted works. While Fitzgerald appeared in movies and as a guest on popular television shows in the second half of the twentieth century, her musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and The Ink Spots were some of her most notable acts outside of her solo career.

Julie Dunn is the perfect vocalist to pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. She has released four CDs, playing alongside Johnny Dankworth’s son Alec, and she has toured the country playing in prestigious venues such as the Vortex and the 606 Club in London.

Julie has garnered widespread acclaim in the press, with Chris Parker describing her as “a class act – warm, compelling…impeccable” and Muse Magazine praising her as a “soulful jazz songstress who effortlessly sings in her distinctively rich and smooth vocal style”.

She will be joined by pianist Philip Clouts of whom Jazzwise Magazine has said: “Clouts’ solos have an attractively crisp, bluesy clarity that’s punctuated with evocative impressionism.”

They will perform in the Marine Theatre bar on Sunday April 29 from 8pm (bar open at 7pm – please note this is upstairs).


Tickets cost £8 in advance or £12 on the door and are available to book by calling 01297 442138 or visiting

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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