Without Ella Fitzgerald's Great American Songbook recordings, Kai Hoffman could well have stayed a professional French horn player, instead of chasing the dream of singing live on stage. Kai would have kept practicing her Mozart and never even begun to learn the beautiful 'Someone to Watch Over Me,' or the sassy 'Too Darn Hot.' Well, those iconic recordings changed the course of Kai's life… and she can think of nothing better than to spend her own birthday celebrating those wonderful songs, and one of the world's greatest-ever jazz singers!
Thank You, Ella! is Kai's vocal tribute to the First Lady of Song, and to her immense catalogue of recordings - especially during the years with Verve, when Ella Fitzgerald was not only recording some of the greatest 'pop' albums ever made, but touring for 40-45 weeks per year. In her own small way, Kai would like to pay homage to the great woman who inspired her, from childhood, to sing with energy, excitement, and joyful abandon. Happy birthday!
Kai Hoffman is fast gaining a reputation as a mesmerising live performer on the international stage, with shows at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, the Blue Note Milano and the European Jazz Expo, as well as performances in countries as varied as Bangladesh, the Netherlands and Russia.