Ella Fitzgerald, 100 Years
by Elliot Thorpe
Jazz is a music form that has, arguably, untold variations. Its back catalogue of artistes and hits is as endless as a hot summer’s day and as equally as evocative.
Once such artist was born a century ago, on April 25, 1917. From humble beginnings to an astonishingly talent-drenched career, Ella Jane Fitzgerald was determined to make the best of what she had, against challenging odds.
Her father disappeared when she was a baby. Her mother, Tempie, and stepfather, Joe, did all they could for Ella and her sister, Frances, until tragedy struck. Tempie died from injuries sustained in a car accident. Joe died some time later of a heart attack. After a few run-ins with the police, young Ella was sent to a reformatory, enduring endless beatings by the staff. Escape was the only option and proved to be the founding drive in her life forever after. She entered an amateur talent show in….continue reading in the Winter 2017 magazine.