London based Jazz/Folk vocalist Ella Rooke is named after the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. Born into a creative family in the Northern hills of England, Ella spent most of her childhood writing songs and sitting beside a record player. From the age of 8 she was taught for many years by the highly exclaimed Jazz pianist Nikki Iles.
Ella went on to study Jazz voice and piano at the prestigious Trinity Laban, London and by the age of 23 she had performed at Ronnie Scotts, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and at many international venues. She was one of the youngest vocalists to ever be awarded Jazz services sponsorship to promote and tour her debut album “When You Love Someone”, featuring bassist Tom Farmer (Empirical). Following the album she was described by Jazz UK magazine as
“An impressive and extremely accomplished Jazz Singer”.
In 2009 Ella collaborated with Jacqui Dankworth, with a set of recordings, which were promoted in NYC.
After this time Ella sadly got very ill and her music was on pause for many years.
Now in 2019 Ella is back launching a brand new and exciting project. Her new album named “My Blue” is a dedication to the inspirational Joni Mitchell. In the album Ella demonstrates a sensitive and dynamic approach to Mitchell's lyric driven songs. Recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio, the band features Ella (voice), Partikel's Duncan Eagles (Tenor Saxophone), Matt Robinson (Piano), Alex Munk (Guitar), Max Luthert (Double Bass) and Tim Nugent (Drums).
In the words of Tina May:
“I love your album, Ella. It’s brilliant! So clear and your voice is perfect in its sensitive expression. Lovely and beautiful singing. Well done everyone! Beautiful playing and arrangements too.”