Ella Gahnt

Ella Gahnt

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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 most of the areas major venues including The Kimmel Center, The West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Museum of Art “Art After Five” Series, The Painted Bride Art Center, The Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, The Mellon Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, Afro-American Museum’s “Jazz Till Sunrise” Festival, and The Morrisville Jazz Festival. Ella performs regularly with her own trio – Aaron Graves-piano, Lee Smith-bass, Harry “Butch” Reed-drums. Ella also performs with Sistahs Attune (a vocal collective created by the Women’s Coalition for Empowerment), and as featured vocalist with the Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra, The Clef Club Community Jazz Big Band, and The AC Connection. She also performs occasionally with the Webb Thomas Trio, the Eric Mintel Quartet, with Nasir Dickerson & the Renaissance Messengers, and the Lynn Riley Quartet. Ella tells musical stories in her own unique way while honoring the vocal legacy of Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Carmen McCrae, Betty Carter and Ella Fitzgerald. Her 2 CDs “Immaculate Union” and “By Request” are currently in rotation on Philly’s Jazz Station WRTI-FM. Ella has released her 3rd CD entitled “Third Stage Of Elegance” which showcases her songwriting abilities. Look out for Ella Gahnt – she’s traveling at the speed of swing!

“Third Stage of Elegance” is Ella Gahnt’s third CD, but unlike her other two – “Immaculate Union” and “By Request,” this CD contains all originals written by Ella, Leon Mitchell, and a cut shared with songwriter-pianist Carol Frazier. In “Third Stage of Elegance,” Ella Gahnt bends the fabric of Jazz with her voice and style. All of the different vocal influences are evident and channeled through her singing. The stories she tells with the songs are her own that come from her life, love and spiritual experiences. Everyone from the hard-core Jazz enthusiast to the newly initiated will find something to relate to as Ella takes us on her personal journey – the third stage of her musical life.


Let It be Yesterday by Ella Gahnt and Leon Mitchell

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