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Enough Beauty to Ruin Your Day: From Ella to Dilla

Technically, I don’t understand jazz. Emotionally, I feel the power of Louis Armstrong, Wayne Shorter, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Brian Blade, Miles Davis, and others. I do not have a technical understanding of music theory, though I did… Continue reading ?

Ella Fitzgerald

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

This article was first published in June 2004.Considered by many to be the 20th century's greatest female singer of jazz and American popular song, m: Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) is one of the few singers whose work transcends generations and musical genres. Fortunately, over the course o... [ read more ]

Raye – “Tell Me” (Prod. Blood Diamonds)

Raye aka Rachel Keen is a 17-year-old singer from South London (Croydon) who has been writing songs since she was 10 and cites old-school jazz and soul influences like Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole. She recently had a session with Los Angeles producer Blood Diamonds and “Tell Me” was the result. It’s […]

Seattle Symphony’s first black player auditioned down the phone

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Bruce Lawrence, a Harlem bassist, played with Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane before he got bitten by the symphonic bug. After spells with the CBC orchestra in Ottawa and the Syracuse Symphony, he got a call from Seattle and played to them down the phone. ‘There were maybe 10 [African-American symphony players] in the whole country,’ […]

Singer/Songwriter Redeems Audition With Soulful Vocal on The X Factor UK 2015 (VIDEO)

Singer/songwriter Stephanie McCourt redeemed her audition with a soulful take on Ella Fitzgerald's "Summertime" on The X Factor UK 2015! Watch the performance video here:

Daylight Video

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

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

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)

4 months agoMusic / 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

6 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

7 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

7 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...

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