Ellyn Rucker, Vocals & Piano
Three hours of memorable rare performances by Denver’s Crème de la Crème.
JAZZING SONGS OF
THE GREATEST 20TH CENTURY COMPOSERS!
Featuring Denver’s Best!
Pianists Doug Roche, Ron Jolly & Ellyn Rucker
Who have handpicked the evening’s theme to mesh beautifully with the intimate setting of La Cour
and bring the audience into the magic of these songs
Every Wednesday starting January 4th through March 29th! (7-10 pm)
If you’ve visited New York City, Berlin, London, or Paris, you may have had the pleasure of experiencing an intimate, cozy, hideaway where you can relax, enjoy good food and libations,
and hear a stunning evening of stories about the best timeless songs by
Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin,
Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh & More.
Now at La Cour (No need to leave Denver), experience a tasteful plethora of your favorite songs made famous by the legendary composers of the 20th Century.
AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE!
On The Train With Johnny Mercer!
Baby It’s Cold Outside, Hooray For Hollywood, Midnight Sun, & More!
Ellyn Rucker, Vocals & Piano!
($15 Admission/can be put toward food or drink tab!)
There is no evening of just crooning with Ellyn Rucker on vocals. She does not show off what she can do with her voice. Her singing is honest, her interpretation solid. She opens hearts to the poetry that comes with every song. The passion Ellyn unleashes in every lyric of a ballad brings Shirley Horn to mind. Her voice is deceptively simple and resonates with a tissue thin quality reminiscent of Blossom Dearie.
Ellyn Rucker was born into a musical family in Des Moines, Iowa. She started piano lessons at the age of eight and, having been mentored by her older brother Ross who was a Jazz bassist, she played her first ‘gig’ at the age of 16 with a guitarist and bassist twice her age.
At 20, Ellyn married a musician and moved to Denver, the place she now calls her “musical home town”. She raised two children, was a church organist for 14 years, played locally and did a few national gigs.
Ellyn accompanied singers, instrumentalists and “tried to learn something from every playing situation”. After a long stint at the former Burnsly Hotel with the late Spike Robinson, she began touring Europe. There were performances in 13 countries that included many tours of the U.K. and playing for five months in Shanghai. Meanwhile, she was a guest on the Marian McPartland “Piano Jazz” show in New York and, in the year she became a grandmother at age 50, recorded her first CD.
Ellyn recorded for Capri records several times. She recorded and performed with many well- known musicians including: Spike Robinson, Benny Carter, Carl Fontana and Joni Janak, Al Grey, Roy Eldridge, James Moody, Dave Young, Ed Bickert, Clark Terry, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Pete Christlieb, Claudio Slon, Monty Budwig, Red Mitchell and Mark Murphy.
Her piano heroes are Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Lenny Tristano, and singers Carmen McRae, Mark Murphy and Blossom Dearie.