Bio – Eleonor England


Ellie started off her musical career at age 10 with

performances ranging from local venues to audience

of up to 1000. She at first expressed interest in the

piano at age 2 and taught herself to read and play music

on that instrument.


She studied singing, gaining free lessons at a young age

by pestering Rosemarie Knudsen, the director of the

junior high choir and later taking lessons with Lynne

Henderson and studying with Paulene Tweed, now

at San Diego State University.


Due to an illness starting from 1987 and worsening into

her adulthood, Ellie took a decade-long respite from

singing during which time she worked Variously

as a humor writer and visual artist before going into modelling

as a freelancer and becoming one of San Francisco’s most

in-demand models during the late 1990’s.  When she

resumed singing in 2000, she went into jazz and in

February 2001, her first annual Black Valentine’s Day

was born (featuring only tunes where someone is

neglect, jilted, abused, ignored, dumped, or (preferably)

shot by their lover) which has been a popular show for her

every year since in cities throughout California.



Since then, she has headlined at majour venues in

California incuding the renown Elbo Room in San

Francisco, Broadway Studios/242 Broadway, Black

Cat, and Dizzy’s in San Diego; and has sung in private

bookings for many luminaries including California

royalty Willie Brown, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,

as well as actual royalty including Abdullah II bin al-Hussein

of Jordan.  Her band has been all A-List players including

Shep Meyers on piano (Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Julie

London) and Dave Curtis (Ray Charles, BB King, Aretha

Franklin).  She was named one of the “creme de la creme”

of jazz vocalists by French jazz critic Maximillien

de Lafayette.


In 2017 she moved to NYC and now resides there as a

performing and teaching jazz artist.