You’d think that with a name like Ella it would all just come naturally. Well this Ella has worked admirably hard towards making the name famous all over again with her album – ‘When You Love Someone’. She won sponsorship for a UK tour as the youngest vocalist Jazz Services had ever taken on board to a reception of rave reviews.
Ella has been deeply affected by music right the start and fell in love with the American Songbook at an early age. Originally Ella is a country lass from a small pennine village in Saddleworth. Ella recalls one of her earliest childhood memories was with her father composing songs. Dad would write the lyrics and Ella would write the tunes.
In 2000 Ella formed her own quintet building up a large repertoire with fresh sounding arrangements and began to gig regularly on the northern Jazz scene. This included a residency at Pizza Express South King Street in Manchester. Influenced strongly by Ella Fitzgerald and Jane Monheit she went onto develop her style at Trinity College Of Music under the guidance and inspiration of Trudy Kerr with determined enthusiasm. Ella has performed with various Jazz artists including Jean Toussaint Phil Robson and Russell Van De Berg. Recently Ella was featured on a series of recording with Jacquie Dankworth currently being promoted in New York.
Ella Rooke’s latest project is a dedication to one of her biggest influence, Joni Mitchel. The set is made up of some of Jon'i’s biggest tracks as well as some of her lesser known work that has inspired Ella over the years. The music was recorded over two days at Real World Studio with a five piece live band featuring Duncan Eagles - Saxophone, Matt Robinson - Piano, Alex Munk - Guitar, Max Luthert - Double Bass and Tim Nugent - Drums.
“An impressive and extremely accomplished jazz singer” Jazz UK
"A vocalist who sings proudly and is reminiscent of Anita Wardell"
"It's great, there's tons of enthusiasm… Loads of fresh ideas"
“Great Jazz Singer” Clare Martin