Ella Grace is an up-and-coming performer, composer, educator, and producer based in Chicago and Minnesota. As a kid, Ella studied several instruments before falling in love with jazz trumpet in eighth grade. In high school, Ella studied with Steve Strand, Prince's longtime lead trumpeter. Ella performed in her high school's top wind band, orchestra, jazz big band, jazz combo, percussion ensemble, and pep band. She also auditioned into several honors ensembles, including Minnesota Suburban East Conference Honors Band and Orchestra, Minnesota Youth Jazz Band 1, Minnesota All-State Jazz Band under the direction of Patty Darling, and the Dakota Combo under the direction of Michael Cain. She formed her own jazz combo and began gigging professionally at restaurants, churches, clubs, festivals, and private events after placing second for top-division combos at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival.
In 2020, Ella studied with Billy Buss at Berklee College of Music. During her senior year of high school, Ella studied full-time at the University of Minnesota with Marissa Benedict, Dean Sorenson, and Phil Hey, performing in the university's top jazz combo and big band as well as in classical ensembles. Ella is currently working towards a degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University, where she studies with Chad McCullough and Dana Hall.
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"We hired Ella's combo to play at a large outdoor event and they did not disappoint. They showed up on time, set up, and played great music for our party. They read the audience and played music that kept the party fun, but didn't overwhelm. We will be calling them again for our next event."
Mark and Vivian Votava, Clients