Jazz Alley sings everything from Amy Winehouse to Abbey Lincoln to Peggy Lee, but their September 29th turn at Black Dog will be a "c-ELLA-bration."

 The Great Ella Fitzgerald

The Great Ella Fitzgerald

In April of 2017, Ella Fitzgerald would have been 100 years old. We are delighted to acknowledge, celebrate and perform(!) some of the wonderful songs Ella gave to past, present and future jazz lovers. 

Join us for two sets of some Fitz-favorites (especially some of thosenovelty songs).



Katia Cardenas – Specializing in jazz, soul, and r&b, Katia is a gifted vocalist with a passion for bringing energy and soul to her performance. She brings emotional authenticity to every song, and strives to bring people together through the universal experience of music. Her influences include Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King and Eva Cassidy, to name a few.

Sarah M. Greer – Sarah is a jazz vocalist, improviser and instructor who loves performing and co-creating with other singers and musicians. She sings in a number of collaborative projects including: BLU-7 Quartet (Doug Rohde, John Iden, Dean White) Give Get Sistet (Aimee K. Bryant, Jayanthi Kyle, Mankwe Ndosi, Alicia Steele and Libby Turner); and singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen’s Echoes of Peace Choir.

Based in the Twin Cities, Sarah has studied vocal improvisation for over a decade and has invented and improvised music on local and international stages. She teaches singing, jazz vocals and vocal improvisation to students in the Twin Cities through lessons, improv workshops and monthly Songtaneous community singing gatherings. She is a member of the music faculty at Minneapolis Community & Technical College.

Maryann Sullivan – Maryann’s passion for jazz began at an early age, when her father, a local trumpeter, played his jazz records in their home. She studied music in college, and played flute and saxophone in the Augsburg Jazz program under the direction of James “Doc” Carlson.

Sullivan has been an on-air radio personality in the Twin Cities since the 1980s. Her jazz broadcasting career began when she worked at KTWN-108 in Anoka, the first full time jazz radio station in the Twin Cities area.

Sullivan is also an established voice-over professional, and has worked since 1981 on thousands of voice over engagements, including industrial show narration, audio books, telephone systems, and advertisements. Her client list numbers in the hundreds.

Piano accompaniment by Lori Dokken

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Lori Dokken, the undisputed master of Piano bar entertainment in the Minneapolis, St. Paul Community can be found entertaining at various venues each week in the area. Lori has played and appealed to the patrons of every major and minor music venue in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The "Beloved Twin Cities singer and pianist" (Minneapolis StarTribune, June '96) entertains with an eccentric charm, talent and wit that embraces an audience like an old friend.