“Ella et al.: Great Ladies of Jazz” Show on Orcas Island

POSTED ON May 01, 2017
 Gail Pettis is a two time winner of Earshot Jazz Golden Ear “Northwest’s Vocalist of the Year” award.  Gail’s warm, rich vocals and retro air, hint at the silken sophistication and storytelling style of the young Nancy Wilson.  The Seattle vocalist is excited to return to the island and share her love and appreciation for all who have gone before her and paved the wonderful road called jazz.  Gail has chosen the fitting occasion of the100th birthday celebration of the First Lady of Jazz herself, Ella Fitzgerald.  “It would be difficult to find a jazz fan or performer who has not been profoundly influenced by her music,” Pettis says.  The term et al. comes from Pettis’ pre-jazz days as a healthcare provider and scientific researcher.  The term is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase et alia, which means “and others.”  Pettis chose this term to illustrate her belief that “I never sing alone – I stand on the shoulders of all the greats who have come before me.  This show is my way of honoring iconic vocalists whose work has challenged, informed and inspired so many of us.” says Pettis. The show will include music by Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and other greats. Gail also will feature some contemporary artists she considers to be personal heroes and role models. Joining Gail will be the Darin Clendenin Trio and special guest, our Islands’ own jazz great, Martin Lund.  Ticket are available at Darvill’s Bookstore and online at  brownpapertickets.com
Contact: Donna Laslo, Orcas Open Arts

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