Ella’s career began in New York City when she was just a teenager and
ended with her death (in Beverly Hills, California) in 1996. Thankfully, her
home was a treasure-trove of many items of historical interest.
And here’s where you can see them!
The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live
has a permanent display about Ella.
Do NOT miss this gem of a museum when you’re visiting L.A.
(tell ‘em we sent you)
The American Jazz Museum
A beautiful display with some amazing memories from Ella’s career.
The Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball
Museum which is especially meaningful since Ella adored baseball!
The Smithsonian Institution
Ella’s Archives are housed at the Smithsonian National Museum
of American History. Please contact the Archives Department if
you want to visit. www.americanhistory.si.edu
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has a stunning
portrait of a younger Ella – it’s not always on display, so make sure
to check first. www.npg.si.edu
The Library of Congress
has Ella’s music arrangements. YES - the originals done by Duke
Ellington and Count Basie and Nelson Riddle and Benny Carter....I
could go on. All indexed. Available with prior permission, best way
to reach us is via email.
Carnegie Hall – The Rose Museum
Did you know there was a museum inside Carnegie Hall?
And boy, is it terrific!
And yes, Ella is in the permanent display.
*Please be aware that museums rotate their exhibits and collections, so it's always a good idea to call ahead to make sure that the items you wish to see will be on display