The Millburn Free Public Library is pleased to welcome Ellen LaFurn, who will be presenting American Songbook on Friday, July 13, at 2:00pm.

With a jazzy stroll through classic music, LaFurn will sing memorable tunes such as "Almost Like Being in Love," "It was a Very Good Year," "When Sunny Gets Blue," and "It's Only a Paper Moon." She will be joined by Vic Cenicola on guitar and Ron Naspo on bass.

LaFurn started singing professionally at the age of 17 with a “show group” called Chang Lee and the Zaniacs. She then joined Jerry Mitchell and the Impacts working and learning from many jazz greats; including Roland Hanna, Gus Johnson, and Danny Gibson.

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Next came the Joe Zarr trio with the late Al Ross on organ and Warren Battiste on guitar. She recorded on an album entitled “Danny & Friends” and became the vocalist with the Bob Ackerman Group—through whom she met her late husband, Gerry LaFurn.

After a brief interlude, she is back to her first love—music performance. One musical reviewer stated, "Leading with her offbeat but captivating voice, LaFurn tackles the great American songbook." In her music you will hear the passion and excitement of a young person together with the experience of a life well lived.

This program is free to all and is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Millburn Library. The Millburn Library is located at 200 Glen Ave., Millburn, NJ 07041 and can be reached at 973-376-1006.