The Elegant Ella Gahnt (rhymes with "DuPont"), Jazz vocalist and arranger, has been performing professionally since the age of 18 and continues to live her dream by performing the songs she loves. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she has studied piano, voice, guitar, saxophone, and music theory at Granoff, Settlement Music schools, and PCPA - now University of The Arts, and continues private instruction with her husband Leon Mitchell - composer, arranger, vocal coach, and musical director of The Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra.
Ella has worked as vocalist on recordings with many popular artists like Grover Washington, Jr., The Stylistics, and Pieces of a Dream. She has performed as jazz vocalist throughout the East Coast with jazz groups led by Sam Reed, Roger Prieto, Tony Williams, Sam Dockery, Butch Ballard, Gerald Smith, and her own E.G. Trio. She has performed at the PECO Energy & Afro-American Museum's "Jazz 'til Sunrise" Festival, and a concert entitled "Just Us" along with vocalist Pearl Williams at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, PA. Ella and her trio performed a memorable concert in the Perelman Theatre of the famed Kimmel Center during their Summer Solstice Celebration. In March 2005, She was named "Jazz Ambassador" by the School District of Philadelphia.
Ella has also appeared at The Annenberg Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia, and in concert at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and Haverford College, Haverford, PA. For several years, she appeared on both the Bell Atlantic and Mellon Jazz Festivals, and at the Mann Music Center's "Philadelphia on Parade" doing her tribute to the legendary Ms. Nina Simone.
Ella is the vocalist with the Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra which was featured on the 2000 and 2001 Mellon Jazz Festivals, the 2004 Smithsonian Institution's Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration at the Clef Club, the 2004 Collingswood, NJ "Jazz In The Wood" Festival, and the 2004 through 2009 West Oak Lane Jazz Festivals in Philadelphia. Ella also performed at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA, the Allens Lane Art Center, Cape May Jazz Festival, the Painted Bride Art Center, the 2006-2008 Morrisville Jazz Festivals, and Kutcher's Country Club in Monticello, NY. Ella has also appeared several times with her Trio at the "Art After 5" Series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is also a vocalist with the Clef Club Big Jazz Band which performs throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Ella & her Trio performed for Mayor Michael Nutter's Philadelphia Centenarian Celebration acknowledging over 100 living Centenarians in Philadelphia. She appeared as special guest with vocalist Eddie Bruce and his trio at Moshulu on the Delaware River, and she has appeared several times with Eddie on Thursday nights at the Sugar House Casino. Ella performs concerts regularly in various locations around the Tri-State area with her Trio.
All of these associations give Ella the chance to blend with different sounds and tell musical stories in her own unique way while honoring the vocal styles of those great divas who trod the path before her like Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McCrae, Betty Carter, and her namesake, Ella Fitzgerald.
Many consider Ella the country’s best kept secret, which is changing with "By Request," the 2nd CD documentation of her lovely voice. Ella's first CD "Immaculate Union" as well as "By Request" are currently in rotation on WRTI-FM Temple Public Radio in Philadelphia, PA.
Look out for the Elegant Ms. Ella Gahnt -- She's traveling at the speed of swing!
For more information on Ella's CDs, visit
www.cdbaby.com/ellagahnt2 for "By Request"
for "Immaculate Union," Ella's 1st CD with The Dr. Jay Trio.
Leon Mitchell, Personal Manager (215) 763-2819
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