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Ella Fitzgerald is easy to love — but harder to honor — at the Hollywood Bowl

Maybe the third time will be the charm? In 2014, the Hollywood Bowl presented a concert tribute to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald that had its heart — but not its mind — in the right place. With warmly respectful performances by Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others, “To Ella with Love”...

The music of Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie will fill the Hollywood Bowl in celebration of the jazz legends’ centennial

When the concert to celebrate the centennial of jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald is billed in part as 100 Years, 1,000 Memories, it feels right to start this story with one of those many memories, this one courtesy of trumpeter Jon Faddis who will lead a big band through the Dizzy half of […]

Things We Saw Today: Good Art Dog Contemplates Paintings and Life

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Art dog Ella Fitzgerald has an appreciation for art criticism. Her human, artist Julia Powell, says the golden retriever will "spend as much as two minutes in front of a canvas and then she'll resume dog activities...She'll look at the same canvas as much as five times during the day."

Summertime, When The Livin’ Is Hard For Hungry Children

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’ So hush, little baby, don’t you cry. – Lyrics to Summertime, sung by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald knew a lot about the haves and have nots. Show More Summary

Lili K talks Ella Fitzgerald tribute, Chicago's music scene and working with Chance the Rapper

Even if you don’t know who Lili K is, you know her voice. You may recognize the soulful singer from any one of the standout guest features she’s done for both Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, but the 25-year-old really established herself as a solo star with the release of her debut album “Ruby”...

This very good doggo is also a sophisticated art critic

Ella Fitzgerald is not only artist Julia Powell's companion, but she's also the artist's toughest critic.  Golden Retriever Art Criticism: Day 3. UPDATE! I did a test and she is clearly drawn to blues and greens and WATER (no interest in red or orange at all and less interest in my birch trees). Show More Summary

The Subtext Behind Ella Fitzgerald's Music, And What It Says About Jazz

3 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

“The First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald would have turned 100 on Tuesday, April 25: institutions from the Library of Congress to the Grammy Museum will be honoring her amazing contributions to the jazz canon.

Saturday Night at the Oldies: Weather Conditions

Earl Scruggs and Friends, Foggy Mountain Breakdown Ella Fitzgerald, Misty. Beats the Johnny Mathis version. A standard from the Great American Songbook. Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze. Not from the Great American Songbook. And presumably not about weather conditions. Cream, Sunshine...

Weekend Picks: 13 Things to Do In and Around D.C.

Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday or enjoy art, wine, chocolate, and hip-hop at a variety of festivals and events. [ more › ]

Ella Fitzgerald Turns 100: Five Questions with Vocalist Sharón Clark

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On April 25, 1917, one of the most iconic vocalists of our time was born—Ella Fitzgerald. This year, the world celebrates the centennial of the "First Lady of Song" and the legacy Ella left behind. For the eighth year in a row, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will fill its Kogod Courtyard with a celebration of her music on Saturday, April 29.

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April 25, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston Today is Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial – she was born April 25, 1917 – and this my only Ella story.One night I was sitting at the bar in Bradley’s with two pianists who had been accompanists for...Show More Summary

Ella Fitzgerald At 100

3 months agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) would have turned 100 years old today. She often affected audiences the way she was affecting Dizzy Gillespie when Bill Gottlieb took this celebrated photo. It is impossible to find the perfect performance by which to remember Ella, there were so many. Let’s settle (ha) for this one. She played well with […]

Remembering ‘The First Lady of Song’ Ella Fitzgerald on 100th anniversary of her birth

On April 25, 1917, legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald is born in Newport News, Virginia. She was called “The First Lady of Song,” an honor whose meaning is captured in a compliment paid to her by the great composer Ira Gershwin: “I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing […]

Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald's 100th Birthday With Live Music, Timeless Recordings

When Ella Fitzgerald—who would've turned 100-years-old today—first approached the Apollo stage in the winter of 1934, she didn't plan on singing. It was amateur night at the notoriously competitive venue, and the then-unknown teenager had thrown her name into the hat on a whim, only to be picked to perform after a popular local dance troupe. Show More Summary

21 Dazzling Photos Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald Over The Years

Ella Fitzgerald’s voice was so powerful and sultry that it makes sense why she is often referred to as the First Lady of Song. But that’s not the only moniker she was given for her earth-shattering voice. In the nearly 80 years she lived,...Show More Summary

10 Fascinating Facts About Ella Fitzgerald

3 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The First Lady of Song would have turned 100 today.

How high the moon?

(Scott Johnson) Today we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song. She was a remarkable artist. Each period of her long career is rewarding, though she deepened her art as she got older. Show More Summary

New York Today: New York Today: An Ella Fitzgerald Centennial

3 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

Tuesday: Remembering the “First Lady of Song,” soggy weather, and narrating Brooklyn’s past.

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