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Ella Fitzgerald


Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella.) She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Louis Armstrong, Shana Tucker, Incognito and More

Read "Louis Armstrong, Shana Tucker, Incognito and More" reviewed by Jua Howard

Welcome Music Family! Per usual, I've got some great music in store for you this week including new music from Shana Tucker and Abena Koomson-Davis; and plenty more timeless music from artists such as Louis Armstrong, Nnenna Freelon, Ian Shaw and Incognito. Come get lost in the music with me!Playlist Intro 00:00 Mike LeDonne ...


Article: Jazz in Long Form

From Showboat-to-Samba: Transculturation of Brazilian Music in America

Read "From Showboat-to-Samba: Transculturation of Brazilian Music in America" reviewed by Troy Hoffman

By 1957, jazz music was fully stretching out and the bossa nova movement was one of the many impacts. American artists of all types had been expanding their knowledge of international cultures for quite some time, specifically Latin countries and the musical rhythms driving them--one of the earliest being Cuban culture, which began popularizing in the ...


Article: Interview

Meilana Gillard: Adventures In Sound

Read "Meilana Gillard: Adventures In Sound" reviewed by Ian Patterson

To nurture a sound on one's instrument--a personal voice--that is instantly recognizable, is not necessarily easy. It can be especially hard if following in a line of historical heavy hitters. Meilana Gillard, the Ohio-raised, Northern Ireland-based tenor saxophonist has been compared to Johnny Hodges, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Lovano and Branford ...


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Take Five with Evgeny Lebedev of LRK Trio

Read "Take Five with Evgeny Lebedev of LRK Trio" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Evgeny Lebedev of LRK Trio Billboard award winner and laureate of numerous jazz contests, Evgeny Lebedev has quickly established himself as one of the brightest jazz musicians of his generation. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston he is a winner of the international jazz competition in Belgium, prize-winner of the Bösendorfer ...


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Vocalist Dani Assis

Read "Introducing Vocalist Dani Assis" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Vocalist Dani Assis' bio points out that he was born into a musical family. That is an understatement. “When I was younger," he said, “I didn't know there was anything else to life other than music because both my parents were musicians. My mom, Adriana Quadros, ...


Article: Jazz in Long Form

The Lyrics They Are 'A Changing: Lyrical Liberties In "Lover, Come Back To Me" And "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise"

Read "The Lyrics They Are 'A Changing: Lyrical Liberties In "Lover, Come Back To Me" And "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise"" reviewed by Alex Segal

Frank Sinatra's greatness is evident in his making the songs he sang his own. And his doing this is connected to his, on occasion, changing the lyric of a song--even a very good lyric. But according to good anecdotal evidence, Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin--suppliers of some of the best lyrics Sinatra sang--did not take kindly ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Diggin' Me Diggin' You - Celebrating Blossom Dearie's Centennial, Ella Fitzgerald, Ma Rainey & More

Read "Diggin' Me Diggin' You - Celebrating Blossom Dearie's Centennial, Ella Fitzgerald, Ma Rainey & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast concludes Jazz Appreciation Month with new releases from Jacqui Naylor, Amina Figarova, Irina Zubareva and Gabrielle Stravelli, with birthday shoutouts to Ella Fitzgerald, Ma Rainey, Blossom Dearie (100!), Kendra Shank and Lara Downes, among others. Happy listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so ...


Article: Book Review

Becoming Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Becoming Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Becoming Ella Fitzgerald Judith Tick 560 Pages ISBN: 978-0-393-24105-1 W.W. Norton & Company 2024 In his 859-page monograph The Swing Era (1989), composer and historian Gunther Schuller skipped past Ella Fitzgerald. In 2011, when Judith Tick asked him about the omission, he responded that “there wasn't room to cover ...


Article: Interview

Cyrille Aimée: Music Flows From Within

Read "Cyrille Aimée: Music Flows From Within" reviewed by Scott Lichtman

Renowned vocalist Cyrille Aimée possesses a wholly unique sound. Certainly, it is based on her voice timbre but also reflects her approach to music. She is equally adept at jazz standards and pop-jazz. She can swing and scat on cue, then shift to high tech sound loops. Songs in English, French and Spanish are delivered with ...


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