Among jazz vocalists, there are two main categories: those who belt out a tune with flourish, ornamentation, punctuation, and improvising known as "scat." m: Ella Fitzgerald is the prime representative of that approach. Then there are those who omit the superfluous, carefully crafting eve...
Today marks the birthday of the “Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Famous for her silky voice and successful jazz standards, Fitzgerald knew how to bring tears to audiences’ eyes with her achingly beautiful renditions of popular torch songs. Show More Summary
Ella Fitzgerald is one of jazz music’s most beloved pioneers and today (April 25) would have been the late songbird’s 98th birthday. Continue reading…
by Sarah Galo Here is an indisputable Hairpin fact: Ella Fitzgerald is better than everyone. She is perfection in human form, "the tops," and everything wonderful. I’m not sure how often you listen to Ella Fitzgerald, but her music takes up most of my listening hours. Quite simply, her voice is transcendent. Show More Summary
These 17 years play out like the vocal jazz equivalent of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Much of the core body of work that makes up vocal jazz was recorded during this relatively short time span. These were the years that saw some of the greatest jazz singers working at the peak of their po...
Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and more.
jazz music news Ed Thigpen 1930 – 2010 Thigpen Drummer of Choice for Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald One of jazz music’s brighest stars has gone out with the death of legendary drummer Ed Thigpen, who died January 13th at the age of 79 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Thigpen, who was born in Chicago and raised in […]
©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. One of the books I’m currently reading is “Life,” by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Keith grew up listening to everything from Mozart and Bach to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. When he...Show More Summary
Zoe Kravitz may have introduced Chelsea Tyler and Jon Foster, but fate already had that planned. Forty-eight hours after they met, their love of music inspired them to create songs together. Before that magical moment, they were just two souls waiting for the other half of their inspiration to arrive...
The record label of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald just got swallowed by a hip-hop business… and no one even noticed!
Famed turn-of-the-century Tenor Enrico Caruso could purportedly shatter Champagne glasses by belting out high notes. And Ella Fitzgerald did it herself in a 1972 Memorex commercial (although she had a little help from two speakers). So it can be done, but it’s incredibly difficult. Show More Summary
In the '50s and '60s, Corky Hale recorded with Clark Terry, Kitty White and Herbie Harper. She's on Chet Baker Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings, most of the Ella Fitzgerald songbook albums, and she accompanie...
Offstage, she's known as Ashli Christoval, but kids probably know her best as Jazzy Ash, whose music brings some of the sound of New Orleans to kids music. She's just kicked off a PledgeMusic campaign for her new album Bon Voyage! and, yes, she's going back for another trip through the city's rich musical heritage. Show More Summary
The famed musician was one of the most prolific recording artists in jazz and performed with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Quincy Jones in a career that spanned decades.
The Club Des Belugas Remix of Ella Fitzgerald's classic Air Mail Special turns one of the greatest scat tunes of all time into an amazing electro-swing song, with an unexpectedly fitting rhumba beat. Read the rest
The warm swing-era horn section and tasteful piano vamps are just a few reasons to listen to jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, but today there’s a more obvious reason to cue up her silky ballad, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels and Blood Oranges in the Snow albums Vince Guaraldi Trio’s Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack Soul Christmas, Various Artists Sufjan Stevens’ Songs for Christmas Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You A Swinging...Show More Summary
Enduring holiday classics from m: Ella Fitzgerald, m: Chet Baker, m: Kenny Burrell, m: Bill Evans, m: Jimmy Smith, m: Vince Guaraldi and more. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1The Christmas Song3:30Ella FitzgeraldElla Wishes You A Swinging Ch...
by Jazmine Hughes In case you didn't know, let me clear this up for you: Ella Fitzgerald is the greatest singer to have ever lived. Remember when Haley started editing here and talked about how it'd be a blog full of petty enthusiasms,...Show More Summary
dj BC writes, "It's the 9th annual Santastic Holiday mashup collection. Contains much Beatles, Mariah Carey, AC/DC, Flula, Ella Fitzgerald, The Staple Singers, various holiday bad guys, DMX..." Read the rest