Ekep Nkwelle

Ella Fitzgerald - Against All Odds

Friday, October 4 at 7pm

Photo by James Asante

“This woman will win GRAMMYs”Der Bund on Ekep Nkwelle

Lady Ella. The First Lady of Song. The Queen of Jazz. For more than half a century, Ella Fitzgerald was jazz royalty. But few know the immense challenges she faced on her road to success, or that it once led to a girls reformatory school in Hudson, New York. 

At only 24 years old, Cameroonian-American vocalist Ekep Nkwelle is only a few years older than Ella was when she became a household name. Like Ella, Ekep is forging her own path to success – from the vibrant streets of Washington, DC to the heart of New York City’s jazz scene, Ekep’s extraordinary talent has earned her a prestigious Juilliard Career Advancement Grant and a reputation as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s latest rising star.

In an exclusive Hudson Jazz Festival performance, Ekep Nkwelle channels Ella Fitzgerald’s indomitable spirit with an evening of song drawing from her own material and the timeless tunes of the Great American Songbook.

View the full 2024 Hudson Jazz Festival lineup here.

This event is supported by a Market New York grant from Empire State Development, and I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.®

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Hudson Hall’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.