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Exceptional Children’s Foundation Receives Grant from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) was recently awarded a grant from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. This grant will provide support for a variety of enrichment programs for students with special needs at the ECF Kayne Eras School. Enrichment activities are fundamental to the school's philosophy and include hands-on technology education, performing arts, visual art, business entrepreneurship, athletics, self-defense, and community service.

"ECF is grateful for the support from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. This generous grant will allow us to make a positive impact on the students we serve and expand the enrichment opportunities available to them," said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

Established in 1993, the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation seeks to continue Ella Fitzgerald's legacy by making grants to promote a love of music, provide music education for children and young adults, and provide exposure to the joys and beauty of music. In addition, the Foundation provides grants that provide assistance to the at-risk and disadvantaged members of our communities - assistance that enables them to achieve a better quality of life.

"Our Board of Directors sees what important work ECF does, and we know that Ella would be so pleased that her philanthropic legacy lives on in such a meaningful way," said Fran Morris Rosman, Executive Director of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

To learn more, visit www.ECF.net.


Ella Fitzgerald Immortalized through Bronze Sculptures

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The legacy of Ella Fitzgerald is now immortalized through 12 limited edition bronze busts of the "First Lady of Song", sculpted by the acclaimed British artist, Laura Lian. A portion of the proceeds from these pieces will go directly towards The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, established in 1993 by the world renowned, and loved, singer herself.

For more information on how to secure your piece of this timeless collection, please contact Jeremie Alamazani, Group CEO, Square Rock Ltd at info@squarerockgroup.com or + 44(0)20 3479 8989. You may also find the press release here.



Ella Fitzgerald’s connection to the Super Bowl

Did you know that Ella Fitzgerald performed the half-time show at Super Bowl VI in 1972? Well, she did and she was one the first celebrity entertainers to do so! It used to be that University marching bands played the half-time shows. The 1972 show included Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt & U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team.

For more fun Super Bowl half-time show facts visit: http://www.ibtimes.com/why-it-called-super-bowl-whats-roman-numerals-other-facts-about-big-game-1793942


A “Throwback Thursday” post by Barbara Streisand with Ella

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Maybe you missed it last Thursday, but Barbara posted a wonderful photo of her with Quincy Jones and Ella Fitzgerald. She captioned it, "With my dear friend Q and the incomparable Ella." We agree Barbara! She was incomparable and is greatly missed.

You can follow Barbara Streisand on Instagram at http://instagram.com/barbrastreisand/


The First Ella Fitzgerald Memorial Scholar in Jazz Studies at CSUN has been named!

Trumpeter Michael Gutierrez is starting his freshman year at California State University, Northridge as CSUN's first Ella Fitzgerald Memorial Scholar in Jazz Studies.

The honor includes a $5,000 scholarship for the 17-year-old Clovis native from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, which was founded by the legendary "First Lady of Song" as a way to use the fruits of her success to help others. Gutierrez will receive $5,000 each academic year for two years, with the opportunity to reapply at the end of that term.

"It's really quite an honor to be the first Ella Fitzgerald Scholarship recipient," Gutierrez said. "It means a lot less stress and makes life a lot easier as I start out in college."

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Tribune’s new e-book, “Portraits in Jazz”, is available Today!

A new e-book titled, "Portraits in Jazz", goes on sale today! Chicago Tribune columnist, Howard Reich, has interviewed some of the most famous jazz musicians, including Ella Fitzgerald. His columns contain what these musicians have shared with him about their early years, their breakthroughs, setbacks, and triumphs. Many of Reich's columns have been gathered and included in this new e-book. "Portraits in Jazz" is available at chicagotribune.com/ebooks (free to DigitalPLUS subscribers; $7.99 for nonsubscribers). It is also available in the TribBooks app and wherever else e-books are sold. Check it out!

For more information, visit: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/reich/ct-howard-reich-interviews-famous-jazz-musicians-20140822-column.html#page=1


Ella Fitzgerald’s artistic legacy lives on!

Ella Fitzgerald's artistic legacy lives on. This weekend, Grammy Award winner, Patti Austin, collaborates with The Duke Ellington Orchestra for a spectacular evening of jazz classics which pay homage to Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Austin has stated in interviews that [Ella] Fitzgerald has been an omnipresent influence on her love of singing, which goes back more than 50 years. Austin will be backed by The Duke Ellington Orchestra, conducted by Paul Mercer Ellington. Ellington is the youngest son of Mercer Ellington and the grandson of the legendary Edward Kennedy "Duke Ellington."
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Tune into BBC Radio 2 July 16: Archive track of Ella Fitzgerald performing with the Tommy Flanagan Trio

Attention BBC LISTENERS: The BBC archive track of Ella Fitzgerald performing with the Tommy Flanagan Trio will be going out on Jamie Cullum's show tomorrow, Tuesday, July 16 at 7pm (GMT).



Ella Fitzgerald Commemorated by Google Doodle!

Check out today's Google Doodle! In honor of Ella Fitzgerald's 96th birthday, Google created a Doodle of the "Queen of Jazz" on their homepage.

Check it out here.


In Memoriam: Dave Brubeck

The Estate of Miss Ella Fitzgerald and the Board of Directors of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation mourn the recent passing of the great DAVE BRUBECK.

Mr. Brubeck, an NEA Jazz Master, was 91.

According to our sources, Ella and Dave performed together back in 1972 on a Timex TV special called "All Star Swing Festival". May his memory and his music be blessings to all music lovers.