Tracy Chevalier and Ella Leya Talk Jazz

Ella Leya

01/01/2015
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Ella Leya’s childhood in Azerbaijan is the inspiration for her novel Orphan Sky. She talks to Tracy Chevalier about growing up in Azerbaijan, her experiences with the Moscow Yiddish Theatre and her immigration to the West. A composer, singer and author, Ella Leya’s songs have appeared in films such as Ocean’s Twelve. A natural entertainer, Ella will also perform some jazz.

Ella Leya

Ella Leya was born in Azerbaijan. She performed with the Moscow Yiddish Theater and the Russian State Jazz Orchestra; her album of children’s songs sold three million copies.

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is a Washington-born prize-winning novelist. Her recent projects include not only her new novel, At the Edge of the Orchard, but also another novel inspired by Othello for the Hogarth Press, and editing – as well as contributing to – Reader, I Married Him, a collection of original short-stories inspired by Jane Eyre.