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Jazz under the stars

In the footsteps of the great Ella

The great career of Ella Burkhardt, a German-Swedish singer from Schleswig-Holstein, began with a bang in 2017 when she performed with Nils Landgren at JazzBaltica. Even as a schoolgirl, she amazed and delighted audiences, be it at Jugend Jazzt or when she was on stage with her father Ingolf Burkhardt, trumpeter with the NDR Big Band.

At the meetMUSIC Open Air Festival 2024, 22-year-old Ella Burkhardt (guitar/vocals) and her bandmates Timo Bakker (piano/organ), Gael Clément (drums) and Kjell Kitzing (guitar) will present a rousing set of 1960s soul, original compositions and reinterpreted jazz classics.

The daughter of a Swedish mother and jazz trumpeter Ingolf Burkhardt began her musical journey on the piano at the age of six, followed by her first singing lessons at 13. Ella Burkhardt is a singer, composer, lyricist, pianist and guitarist. And the young thoroughbred artist can also paint and act. At the Ostsee-Gymnasium Timmendorfer Strand she sang in the OGT Big Band and performed with Nils Landgren on the JazzBaltica stage for the first time in 2017. In 2023, Ella Burkhardt was awarded the prestigious JazzBaltica sponsorship prize in Timmendorfer Strand.

The promising young artist has been studying jazz singing in Maastricht since 2020 and has already sung in a wide variety of groups, whether with a big band or alone with her guitar. With fascinating ease and natural feeling, Ella Burkhardt sings simply everything: soul, folk and all this with the complex jazz background she grew up with and with a deeply felt world view. “She lives what she loves,” says Nils Landgren, who is also artistic director of JazzBaltica, about Ella Burkhardt. She follows in the footsteps of the great Ella Fitzgerald and continues to go her own way. “Let the wind carry me,” she says about herself. “I see where the music takes me.”

In 2019, Ella Burkhardt won the “Jugend Jazzt” prize with the Hamburg “Think Big!” big band. She gained further big band experience in September 2019 when she went on tour in Japan with the OGT Big Band under the direction of Dr. Axel Ster. Alongside her studies, she focuses on songwriting for her soul band “Ella & the Fellas” and her own folk project “Ellangton”.

Tickets online: meetmusic.de / Pförtnerhaus Draiflessen / Advance ticket sales also: IVZ Servicecenter im Medienquartier | Poststraße 6 | 49477 Ibbenbüren and at all official Eventim advance booking offices

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