Family & Friends Jazz — Ella's Swella!

First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald

The Jazz Ensembles (Big Band, Vocal and Chamber Jazz) celebrate the queen of jazz on the centennial anniversary year of her birth. 

Music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Stevie Wonder and others. Mark Gionfriddo, director. Free and open to the public.

Mark Gionfriddo

Mark Gionfriddo is well known to Western Massachusetts concertgoers as an accomplished pianist, accompanist, composer, arranger, and musical director. His versatility and knowledge of many musical styles has brought him together with a wide range of popular and classical artists through the years, among them Mitzi Gaynor, Liberace, Al Martino, Anna Moffo, Samuel Baron and Garrison Keillor.

A native of Holyoke, MA, Mr. Gionfriddo started piano studies at the age of four, began performing at six, and directed his first musical project at twelve. He has since directed numerous area community, high school and prep school productions [Beehive and Some Enchanted Evening, Stage West/CityStage; Sweeney Todd, Williston Theatre; and Cabaret and Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well, MHC Theatre Arts are recent examples.] His adventures while assistant conductor on board Cunard's MS Royal Viking Sun brought him around the world to 30 countries.

Mr. Gionfriddo received his Bachelor's Degree in Piano from Skidmore College and Masters Degree in Accompanying from UMASS/Amherst. He has been based at Mount Holyoke College since 1986 where he is a Senior Instructor in Jazz Piano, Director and Founder of the Mount Holyoke College Jazz Ensemble, and Music Department Staff Accompanist.