Ella Fitzgerald was born April 25, 1917 in Newport News. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth, the Richmond Jazz Society has organized a series of concerts featuring female vocalists. Concerts coming up later this spring will spotlight performances by Eve Cornelius, Veronica Swift and Connie Parker. Tuesday, March 14th the series will kick off with singer Nicole Henry.
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania (close to Philadelphia), Henry has always been a person with a wide array of interests and artistic pursuits. When she began attending college at the University of Miami, she wasn't a music major. She wanted to study architecture. She started off her young adult life as a professional actor (she remains a professional actor to this day) and decided to be a professional musician fairly late in the game. That’s not to say that these choices stood in the way of her becoming a successful jazz artist.
In this segment, Nicole discusses her eclectic musical background, how she came to love jazz and her own personal impressions about Ella Fitzgerald.
Tuesday (3/14) will mark Nicole’s first performance in Richmond. You can read more about the concert and get tickets here.