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Ella Fitzgerald -- Vocal Jazz: 1951-1968

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

last weekHumor / 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

last weekMusic / 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

last monthNews : 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?

last monthHumor / 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

2 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...

How I Got Here: Jazzy Ash (Ella Jenkins and Ella Fitzgerald)

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

Clark Terry, Acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter And Composer, Dies At 94

2 months agoNews : The Two-Way

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.

Electroswing Ella Fitzgerald's "Air Mail Special"

3 months agoHumor : Boing Boing

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

Song of the Day: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

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?

My Christmas music mix includes…

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

Vince Guaraldi -- Jazzy Christmas

4 months agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

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...

Powerful Women Join Forces, Combat Racism, Save Music, Improve World

4 months agoHumor : The Hairpin

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

Santastic No 9: more Xmas mashups for the holiday season

5 months agoHumor : Boing Boing

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

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: "Dream a Little Dream of Me"

Videos: Jo Stafford

5 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

There was a time in the late-1940s and early '50s when Jo Stafford was America's most popular female singer, eventually matched only by Ella Fitzgerald. The maternal warmth of Stafford's voice, her soulful tones and her relaxed sense of swing...

Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

Good morning. I've been listening to a lot of Billie Holiday lately and, I am ashamed to admit, I've never paid due attention to Ella Fitzgerald. Sure, I have a few of her hits on my IPhone, but I haven't...

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