April 25th, we welcome singer Mary Louise Lee and her band to the Nocturne stage to celebrate the 100th birthday of the First Lady of Song, Ms. Ella Fitzgerald.
For over 20 years, Mary Louise Lee has built an extraordinary professional performing career. She has performed in Korea, Japan, Honduras, andP anama singing for the troops of the US Department of Defense. She has performed at high profile political events including the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions, Colorado Governor’s Inaugural Gala, Opening Ceremonies for Colorado State Senate and Colorado House of Representatives, Denver Mayor’s City Address, 911 Remembrance Ceremony with Colorado Symphony, Winterpark Jazz Festival just to name a few.
Her extensive stage credits include: “Grace”/Annie, “Glinda”/The Wiz – AfterThought Theatre; "Powerwoman"/Menopause the Musical - Denver Civic Theatre; "Charlene"/Ain't Misbehavin' (Top of the Rockies 2005, "Best Actress/Musical"), "Smokey Joe's Café" - Theatre Aspen; "Geneva"/1940's Radio Hour - Arvada Center; "Billie Holiday"/Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (Westword, "Best Actress/Musical") - Shadow Theatre, nominated by the Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Year/Actress. National credits include: A Brief History of White Music, Beehive and Up On the Roof, (Denver Drama Critics Circle "Best Performance by Actress/Musical").
Also wife of Mayor Hancock, Denver’s First Lady combines her passion for the arts and youth through her Bringing Back the Arts Foundation and First Lady Artist of the Month initiatives. From students to senior citizens, Ms. Lee is committed to being an ambassador for the arts to help expose and expand access to Denver’s vibrant arts and cultural communities.
Ella Fitzgerald became a mainstream popular success on the strength of her Songbook recordings, a series of interpretations of American songwriters. Her first in the series was a 1956 release of Cole Porter songs; she went on to record songs by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and others. Later in her career she recorded and performed with orchestras as well as small combos, and by the time she retired in 1992 she had assumed the role of America's grande dame of popular jazz. In nearly sixty years of recording she was the recipient of just about every major award, including more than a dozen Grammys and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
$10 per guest artist fee will be added to each check.