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Musical Icon: Ella Fitzgerald


The Musical Instrument Museum presents Signature Event Musical Icon: Ella Fitzgerald. "Dream a little dream” while celebrating Ella Fitzgerald with tribute performances, a microphone craft, and documentary screenings showcasing the life of the “Queen of Jazz.”

Supported by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Microphone Craft
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Create and decorate your very own craft microphone and get ready to practice your scatting!

Photo Booth
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Get dressed up to look as elegant as the “Queen of Jazz” herself using fun props and decorations, then snap some photos at MIM’s custom photo booth.

Film Screenings
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Go behind the scenes with screenings of documentaries that showcase the musical life of Ella Fitzgerald. MIM will present a different film each day of the program.

Culture Talk: “Jazz Meets Justice”
1:15–2:00 p.m.
Longtime volunteer team member Michael Perkins presents the fascinating story of Ella Fitzgerald’s journey to mainstream success and the strides she made in civil rights victories for musicians of color along the way.

Tribute Performance
2:15–2:45 p.m.
Fall in love with Ella all over again through the musical stylings of international performer and American Idol semifinalist Crystal Stark, along with pianist and music director Khris Dodge.

Curator Talk: “Becoming the First Lady of Song”
3:15–4:00 p.m.
Join David Wegehaupt, associate curator for United States / Canada and Europe, on a voyage through the illustrious life and career of Ella Fitzgerald. Learn about her pivotal moments, creative collaborations, and remarkable performances, from her debut at the Apollo Theater to the heights of stardom.

Ella-Themed Extras Available for Purchase
All weekend, the Museum Store will feature a selection of CDs and LPs celebrating the “First Lady of Song,” as well as a selection of books and gifts.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ
Explore the world’s music and cultures at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). MIM takes you on a journey around the world, deep into the heart of human creativity. Rated Phoenix’s #1 attraction by…