Recording of their performance on 4/23/21
Ella Gahnt & Iva Ambush, vocals
Pete Frassrand, piano
David Marsh, bass
Aaron Walker, drums
LET FREEDOM SING: VOICES OF THE WOMEN OF JAZZ
It is always a treat bringing these dynamic Jazz vocalists together for some real jazz. Composers themselves, they will be bringing to life the great work of Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson, Carmen Lundy, Randy Crawford, and more! Only at An die Musik can you hear the soulful sounds of this Philly-DC connection live-streaming this Saturday evening during Jazz Appreciation Month!
ELLA GAHNT is a Philly-based Jazz vocalist who has been dubbed “Philly’s Class Act” by local media and fans. She has “wowed” audiences at major venues and Jazz Festivals in the area for many years, and is the featured vocalist performing regularly with her own trio, with the Eric Mintel Quartet, The Clef Club Community Jazz Big Band, with The Philly/AC Connection, and with the 4-member vocal collective Sistahs Attune. On March 28, 2019, Ella was honored by the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy at City Hall where she became a recipient of the “2019 Philly Celebrates Jazz Award.” Ella’s 3 CDs – “Immaculate Union,” “By Request” and her latest CD “Third Stage of Elegance” are in rotation on WRTI-FM. “Third Stage of Elegance” showcases her songwriting abilities. Look out for Ella Gahnt – she’s traveling at the speed of swing! www.EllaGahnt.com
IVA AMBUSH, better known as “The Scat Lady,” is a Jazz vocalist born in Frederick, Maryland and raised in York, Pennsylvania. She has performed at the DC Jazz Festival, Birdland, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, Blues Alley, Le Duc des Lombards, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and more. Iva explored concepts of jazz phrasing and rhythms with the help of jazz legends, Sheila Jordan, Dr. Horace Boyer, and Ronnie Wells. She has a family full of Jazz Musicians which include on the maternal side, late trumpeter Lester Bowie and his brothers, the late Byron Bowie (saxophonist/composer/arranger), Defunkt's founder Joe Bowie, guitarist Jonathan Townes and on the paternal side, bassist Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra [and Formerly with Stanley Turrentine]), and pianist Allen Ambush. There are a host of others too numerous to name. www.IvaAmbush.com
Streaming cost is $10
Donations are welcomed.