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Saxophonist Lester "Pres" Young was born on this day in 1909. Here he is in a famous video performance of "Blues for Greasy" in 1950. That's Ella Fitzgerald coming in...

German band legend dies, aged 89

Max Greger, master of 150 recordings and stage partner of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, has died of cancer in a Munich hospital. He ran the house band for the ZDF television network.

See Watkins Family Hour, Fiona Apple 'Get High' With Ella Fitzgerald Cover

After more than a decade's worth of monthly variety shows in Los Angeles, the Watkins Family Hour have turned themselves into a traveling band, embarking on a tour that kicked off at the Newport Folk Festival last Thursday. Stealing the show that night was the band's version of "When I Get Low I...

Van Alexander, songwriter and prolific TV music arranger, dies at 100

Mr. Alexander was the co-writer of Ella Fitzgerald’s biggest hit in 1938 and had a long career in Hollywood.

Van Alexander, songwriter and prolific TV music arranger, dies at 100

Van Alexander, a musical jack-of-all-trades, who co-wrote Ella Fitzgerald’s biggest hit in the 1930s, led a swing band, composed arrangements for other bandleaders and later became a composer and music director in Hollywood, died July 19 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.Read full article >>

Van Alexander (1915-2015)

last monthMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Van Alexander, a big band arranger and bandleader whose arrangements date back to 1936 and was best known for A-Tisket, a Tasket, a song he co-wrote with Ella Fitzgerald and arranged for Fitzgerald and Chick Webb in 1938, died on...       Related Stories Jazz Legends, in Their Words  

Van Alexander dies at 100, big band leader and Ella Fitzgerald composer

When he was young, Van Alexander knew that he wanted to have a life in music. What he didn't know was that his long list of future musical achievements would be ignited by a children's song that he arranged and co-wrote with singer Ella Fitzgerald.

Joanna Pascale: To Tell a Story in Song

4 months agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

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...

Vintage Torch Songs for Your Summer Crush

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

Happy Birthday, Ella Fitzgerald!

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…

A Celebration of the Best Ella Fitzgerald Songs

4 months agoHumor / odd : The Hairpin

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

Ella Fitzgerald -- Vocal Jazz: 1951-1968

4 months agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

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...

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 13 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and more.

Jazz Drummer Ed Thigpen Dies

5 months agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Elements

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 […]

Who's in Your Aquarium?

©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

Kaneholler's Tour Van Bumps Skrillex... and Ella Fitzgerald

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...

How Verve Records Got Gutted

6 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

The record label of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald just got swallowed by a hip-hop business… and no one even noticed!

Can Opera Singers Shatter Glass?

6 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

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

Corky Hale at Vitello's

6 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

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...

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