Ella Fitzgerald talk Nov. 19 at The Valentine
11/17/2017, 8:32 p.m.
Dr. John Edward Hasse, curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit, “Ella Fitzgerald at 100,” will talk about the late jazz artist’s life and career during a free program 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at The Valentine, 1015 E. Clay St.
The program is part of the Richmond Jazz Society’s Jazz Preservation Initiative in conjunction with the museum to highlight the achievements and contributions of Virginians who have made a significant impact on jazz.
Ms. Fitzgerald was born in Newport News in 1917, and rose to acclaim with her jazz style. She was called “The First Lady of Song,” winning 13 Grammy awards and selling more than 40 million albums.
Ms. Fitzgerald died in June 1996 in California.
Attendees also may view the multimedia exhibit, “Virginia Jazz: The Early Years,” which will run through April 30 at The Valentine.
Dr. Hasse will autograph copies of his book, “Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington,” a biography that references Richmond and many of Virginia’s jazz artists.