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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

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Music Is The Magic - Birthday Celebrations for Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong And More

Read "Music Is The Magic - Birthday Celebrations for Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Mike Clark & Leon Lee Dorsey, vocalist Lauren Henderson and saxophonist Jessy J, with birthday shoutouts to jazz greats Dorothy Ashby, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Abbey Lincoln among others, plus a celebration of Joni Mitchell's remarkable performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea

Read "Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a survey of recordings from jazz festivals past and present: Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, Montreux Jazz Festival & Jazz Festival Willisau in Switzerland, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Essen Jazz Festival in West Germany, Festival of Improvised Music in France, East-West Festival in Nuremberg Germany, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the ...

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Take Five With Renée Manning

Read "Take Five With Renée Manning" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Renée Manning Widely celebrated vocalist/composer, Renée Manning, has been educating students ages 2 to 100 years for the past 35 years. During her 10 years as instructor and Vocal Chair at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, she has been awarded several grants including Met Life grants for her choral work with Prospect Hill Senior Center, ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

I Hear a Rhapsody

Read "I Hear a Rhapsody" reviewed by David Caudill


We put out a call to visitors to AAJ to tell us their stories about how jazz has impacted, indeed shaped their lives. David Caudill heard the call. David has lived in Cincinnati for three decades and spent a long career writing, both in journalism and for a short while in corporate communications. He ...

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Article: Interview

Sheila Jordan: From Motor City Vocalese to Pinball with Charlie Parker

Read "Sheila Jordan: From Motor City Vocalese to Pinball with Charlie Parker" reviewed by Scott Gudell


The dynamic big bands of the 1920s-1940s were led by charismatic and confident kings of swing including Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb and Gene Krupa. Smooth and sophisticated dance sounds could easily cross pollinate with other styles including the syncopated rhythms bubbling up from the streets of Harlem such as 'Swing Street.' Beyond a lineup ...

News: Video / DVD

Backgrounder: 'Ella Swings Lightly'

Backgrounder: 'Ella Swings Lightly'

One of my favorite Ella Fitzgerald albums is Ella Swings Lightly. Recorded for Verve in November 1958, the album was arranged by Marty Paich and features his Dek-tette backing Ella on a bright batch of songs outside the realm of her tiresome American songbook fare. The all-star Hollywood 10 included Don Fagerquist and Al Porcino (tp), ...

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Article: Interview

Migiwa Miyajima: The Colorful Journey Into Jazz

Read "Migiwa Miyajima: The Colorful Journey Into Jazz" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Migiwa “Miggy" Miyajima is a Japanese, New York-based composer, producer, and pianist. As a producer, she has received multiple Grammy nominations. Her list of awards includes the 2021 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Creative Engagement grant and Restart NY grant, 2020 New York City's NYC Women's Fund For Media, Music, and Theatre grant, 2020-2021 Asian American ...

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Article: Album Review

Naama Gheber: Old Mother Hubbard

Read "Old Mother Hubbard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


New York-based Israeli vocalist Naama Gheber released her debut Dearly Beloved (Cellar Live) two years ago this month, in April 2020, right at the front of the gaping maw, we came to know as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or COVID-19. In spite of this, Gheber's recording garnered favorable reviews at All About Jazz, as ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Jazz Foremothers Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn

Read "Celebrating Jazz Foremothers Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the first of May with new releases from the San Gabriel 7 featuring Sinne Eeg, Rebecca Martin, Sven Anderson and Jackie Messina, with birthday shoutouts to Duke Ellington, Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...


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