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When it comes to jazz music, real jazz music Ella Fitzgerald is one of my favorite singers. Her velvet voice and sophisticated demeanor always moved me. Yet, I know so little about Fitzgerald. Tina Fabrique, the star of “Ella: The Musical,” hopes to change that when the musical mounts a national tour. The play will launch the national tour from Charlotte. It will be at the Knight Theater Feb. 11-13. Click here for tickets.

Fitzgerald was shy, and didn’t talk about her life, said Fabrique. “Few people know anything about her life,” Fabrique said.

“Ella” is set in 1966 when Fitzgerald is preparing for one of the most important concerts of her career. Using myth and music, the musical tells an uplifting story. It features more than a dozen of her most famous hits, including “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “How High the Moon,” “That Old Black Magic” and “They Can’t Take that Away from Me.”

“Ella” has toured small regional theaters throughout the country for the last five years, but the national tour will take it to larger venues. Fabrique said they’re going to the next level. She’s excited about the opportunity to expose audiences, especially young people, to the soul of Fitzgerald and the elegant jazz of that era.

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