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Happy 100th, Ella Fitzgerald

As we approach Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday on April 25, musicians at the Clef Club and many other venues in the country are paying homage to her prodigious career, her glorious, ecstatic voice, her jazz sensibility, her rhythmic surety, and her corporeal and emotional connection to the music she sang.  Read more.

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