Jazz students at Saint Mary’s to present Swinging with Ella


Jazz students at Saint Mary’s University continue their semester-long celebration of music by four legendary jazz musicians, all born in 1917, with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Swing into the holidays on Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. as the jazz groups and guest vocalists bring Ella’s holiday classics to the Page Theatre.

“Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas” was released in 1960 and featured the “first lady of song” on many holiday favorites. Swinging With Ella will also highlight the singer’s work with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands. And the three “birthday boys” — Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonius Monk — are sure to make a return visit as well. Honoring the “first lady of song” with their vocal talents will be Saint Mary’s students Courtney McGovan, Darren Cajipo, Erin McCoy, and Shauna Frahm.

For more information, contact St. Mary’s Director of Jazz Studies A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or eheukesh@smumn.edu. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and are available at www.pagetheatre.org or by calling the Page Theatre Box Office at 507-457-1715.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at smumn.edu.


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