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Ellen Vanderslice is an award-winning songwriter who lives, plays, sings and wears hats in Portland, Oregon. Ellen began writing folk songs as a college student in the early 1970s, and, after a long hiatus, returned to composition in 1996. She began performing her work at jazz jam sessions around Portland, and was encouraged and mentored by many of Portland’s jazz greats. Vibraphonist and pianist Mike Horsfall often collaborates with Ellen on the chord changes for her jazz compositions. Their song “Moonshadow Dance” won first place Jazz in the 2002 USA Songwriting Competition.
Ellen is also an internationally known activist for pedestrian rights who recently retired from her day job as an architect working in transportation. Her travels have allowed her to take her music all over the world.
Ellen is a member of TAXI, and it was through submitting to their listings that her song, “Someday He’ll Break Your Heart (the Way He Broke Mine)” was chosen for both the movie “Looper” (2012) and episode 7 of the CBS television show “Vegas.”
Ellen has released seven CDs and three digital EPs, including several that feature other great singers performing her compositions. You’ll find her online at www.cherrypiemusic.com. Ellen also plays third trombone and sings with the Carroll Raaum Swing Orchestra, a 20-piece big band.
This show is presented by Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.
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