Las Vegas, NV — 54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Amanda King in ELLA The Early Years on May 19,2023.
Before she became the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald was a young girl with a dream and determination who overcame extraordinary odds. Acclaimed chanteuse Amanda King shares Ella Fitzgerald’s origins, inspirations, and music from the 1930s era and her time with the Chick Webb Orchestra in ELLA The Early Years, a swinging show of song and history!
ELLA The Early Years focuses on the formative time Ella spent with the pioneering drummer, Chick Webb, and his orchestra. Webb’s orchestra also served as the musical foundation for several legendary sidemen, many of whom Ella would go on to work with for decades. The partnership of Ella and Chick catapulted both their careers to new heights.
Joining Amanda are a stellar trio of acclaimed musicians who have each toured/played with jazz greats including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Count Basie Orchestra, Ravi Coltrane and Terrell Stafford to name a few. Jerome Jennings, drummer – bandleader – Emmy-winning composer. Jerome is also a Chick Webb aficionado and accredited jazz scholar by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Noah Garabedian, bassist – composer – bandleader. Noah is a double Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient who is on faculty at The New School. Caili O’Doherty, pianist – composer – arranger – educator. Like Amanda, Caili is also a music preservationist with focus on the achievements of jazz’s unsung women heroes. She has been a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop since 2012.
Amanda King in ELLA The Early Years plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on May 19, 2023. There is a $45-$55 cover charge (plus order fees) and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00pm are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.
54 Below is committed to the health of its performers, staff, and guests and has created a Safety Plan to ensure safe conditions along with optimum performing conditions. Additional information on our safety protocols can be found here. 54 Below has installed improved air circulation and filtering systems. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, safety protocols and seating capacity may change, and policies may be adjusted as is appropriate.
MORE ABOUT 54 BELOW
54 Below was founded as a place for the Broadway community to celebrate Broadway performers, both established and new, who sing not only the music of Broadway and the Great American Songbook, but also new material intended for Broadway and off-Broadway stages. The club features fine dining and superb scenic, lighting, and sound designs entirely imagined by Broadway designers. For performers, writers, musicians, and more, 54 Below gives opportunities to advance their craft, expand their repertoires, and develop their voices in a way that is more personal, making them stronger as artists. It gives Broadway fans an opportunity to see their favorite artists in a different way, deepening their relationship and understanding of their talent.
A recipient of the 2022 TONY AWARDS® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. It is also a place for innovation in musical songwriting and performance. Collaborations born at 54 Below give rise to and help develop new theatrical projects and new musicals. In addition, its popular streaming video activities and audio recordings support these activities, helping to build a new Broadway audience worldwide, both in age and geography.
54 Below is one of the most in-demand performance venues in the city, presenting over 700 shows each year. Unique in its mission, it has become an indispensable member of the Broadway ecosystem, providing a place for seasoned and emerging artists to hone their craft, try out new work, grow their fanbases, and gather as a community. The management team includes Proprietors and nine-time Tony Award® winning Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel, Creative and Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper, and restaurant General Manager Mandisa Boxill.
Located at 254 West 54th Street, the club presents live shows at 7pm and 9:30pm. Tickets and information at 54below.com.
To buy tickets and learn more about Amanda King, visit http://www.amandaking.com.
A classic chanteuse who performs standards and jazz, Amanda King is an avid preservationist of the music and performers of the early 20th century. Amanda has been hailed by The New York Times critic Stephen Holden as one of the nightclub world’s “exceptional rising talents” and is a repeat performer at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention. A long-time San Francisco resident, she moved to Las Vegas in 2017 and has quickly become one of its top jazz performers. The Las Vegas Review Journal says, “King is Queen”. Combining the best of the jazz and cabaret worlds by focusing on the words, the music, AND the swing, Amanda masterfully interprets the music she performs. She is the proud parent of a Gen Z child who could survive (most likely/I think/probably/80-20) without his cell phone.
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