Born: May 7
The Elegant Ella Gahnt, Jazz vocalist and arranger, has been performing professionally since the age of 18 and is finally living 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 and 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 and music copyist on recordings with many popular artists like Grover Washington, Jr., The Stylistics, and Pieces of a Dream. Ella 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/Quartet. Ella 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, Ella was named “Jazz Ambassador” by the School District of Philadelphia along with her husband Leon Mitchell....
Awards2005 Jazz Ambassador Award from School District of Philadelphia; 2010 - 1 out of 4 Finalists in Jazz Mobile's Vocal Competition
“Ella Gahnt, attired in gold with a regal smile and the gift of radiant presence, took the stage and breezily sailed through a medley of jazz standards and original tunes with a crystal clear, octave-spanning voice that floated across the room. A professional singer since the age of 18, the quality of her sound told of a woman intimate with the craft of jazz vocalization.” Bill GodfreyCape May Star and Wave, Cape May, NJ
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