"I struggle to understand it myself, but somehow I seem to have more energy now, than when I was young. There is an overwhelming joy of life within me, so strong that I don't even know where it will take me.” This is how Othella Dallas expressed herself at the age of 93, during an interview given to the JazzAscona press office on June 23, 2019, the day she received Ascona's Swiss Jazz Award. Othella performed several times at the festival that year, enjoying tremendous success and enchanting the audience with her skills and incredible energy. A true force of nature. She was still dancing on stage, and how! A memorable presence and undoubtedly the star, the real highlight of that festival 2019. She had actually already performed at JazzAscona in 2009 and 2011, but revealed herself in her full artistic and human depth on that last occasion, because in addition to her artistic and show-woman skills, she also turned out to be an engaging person, endowed with great spirits and sense of humour. Time never seemed to stop for her.
Divine but human, at the age of 95 Othella left surprisingly and we remember her with fondness and gratitude. Buon viaggio Othella.