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Multi-media Jazz Presentations

Ella Fitzgerald- The Queen of Swing The singer all singers call the best. The story of a young woman who against impossible odds achieved fame as a Jazz singer by the age of seventeen. At that young age she found herself at the heart of The Harlem Renaissance and American Jazz. She would go on to perform around the world for another 58 years.

Duke Ellington and the Harlem Renaissance  The Duke. Composer, dreamer, businessman. Genius interpreter of Big Band Swing and the Harlem Renaissance moment – melody maker and aficionado of putting on the Ritz – Sir Duke.

Paris Noir- Bricktop, Baker and Porter Jazz era Paris- risqué, exciting. Saloon host and doyenne of cafe society, Ada Bricktop hosted luminaries such as Cole Porter, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and F. Scott Fitzgerald at her Montmartre hot spot Chez Bricktop. Josephine Baker arrives on the shores of France in La Revue Negre, Cole Porter pens the lyrics and melodies of this bright young time in word history.

Jazz- In the beginning there was Satchmo Louis Armstrong. Grandson of slaves, iconic trumpeter and vocalist brings Jazz from the brothels of Storyville, New Orleans to the bright lights of New York City. Kid Ory, King Oliver and Fletcher Henderson were players in Armstrong's influential rise to stardom while the Chicago and New York mob fought over this charismatic Jazz star.