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April 25th Named “Ella Fitzgerald Day” in NYC

Jazzed Magazine • News • May 4, 2017

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Verve Label Group, in partnership with the Mayor’s office, celebrated Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday on April 25th at the historic Rainbow Room in Manhattan. Throughout New York City it was “Ella Fitzgerald Day” to honor the late performer’s legacy.

The celebration at the Rainbow Room included a performance from Tony Bennett and vocal students from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.  Bennett also presented the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation with a framed print of his portrait of Ella Fitzgerald.

“A year ago, I was asked to take over at the helm of Verve which was founded by Ella’s longtime manager Norman Granz, who created Verve Records in 1955 to provide a nurturing and supportive home for Ella’s recording career but also to foster jazz artists and this great American-born musical genre. I am truly humbled to now be the keeper of the flame and contributing to shine a well-deserved light on artists of the magnitude of Ella Fitzgerald,” said Danny Bennett, CEO and President of Verve Label Group.


Commissioner Julie Menin of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment presented the official proclamation of “Ella Fitzgerald Day” to Richard Rosman and Fran Morris-Rosman.

“New York has a long and proud tradition of attracting talented performing artists from around the world, and a standout among them is Ella Fitzgerald, a legendary jazz vocalist who captivated audiences with her distinctive style and incredible talents. Ella has gone down in history as one of the greatest entertainers of all time, and her story and career have continued to inspire singers and performers across our city and far beyond. Together with the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, and her legions of fans around the world, I am proud to join in celebrating Ella’s 100th birthday. Now therefore, I, Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 in the city of New York as:  Ella Fitzgerald Day,” read the mayor in honor of Ella.  

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