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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

Ella 100 Live at the Apollo

Label: Concord Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Judy; Opening Remarks; A Ticket-A Basket; When I Get Low I Get High; Ain't Misbehavin'; Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me; Love You Madly; The Nearness of You; Oh, Lady Be Good; How High is the Moon; Back to the Apollo; I Loves You Porgy/There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For NY; Cry Me A River; Honeysuckle Rose; Once In A While; You'll Have To Swing It Mr. Paganini)/Paganini Bows Reprise; People

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The suggestions from musicians eager to share, in these trying times, the music they turn to when they need to uplift or sooth their souls keep pouring in. Here's the third volume of this immuno-booster jazz mix-tape series, featuring a compelling mix of jazz masters, contemporary jazz guitar heroes, latin tinge, soul and new gospel.

Take Five with Hazel Mitchell-Bell

Read "Take Five with Hazel Mitchell-Bell" reviewed by Hazel Mitchell-Bell

Meet Hazel Mitchell-Bell Vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell has become one of Washington, D.C.'s first ladies of jazz. With highly praised first album, Stronger than Ever, under her belt, and another album set for release in 2020, she appears on festival, concert and club stages, enjoying one sellout after another. Working closely with pianist and music director, Vince ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We may still be months away from developing vaccines to tame the threat that COVID19 poses to our bodies. But given the centrality of the mind-body connection for our physical well being, we should not forget that we continue to have music to support our minds during these challenging times. So I have reached ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kandace Springs: The Women Who Raised Me

Read "The Women Who Raised Me" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

Cover albums tend to sort themselves pretty neatly into two separate bins. One is filled with tiresome stacks of uninspired music soon to be filed away and forgotten. The other, smaller pile is made up of those few in which the artist on the cover managed to do something more than parrot their predecessors. Those who ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Rosen's 8-Bit Big Band with special guest Grace Kelly merges video game themes with jazz orchestra

Read "Charles Rosen's 8-Bit Big Band with special guest Grace Kelly merges video game themes with jazz orchestra" reviewed by Doug Hall

Charlie Rosen's 8-Bit Big Band with special guest Grace Kelly Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA March 1, 2020 When you think about video game themes, the word “jazz" does not easily come to mind. However, on March 1st at the Berklee Performance Center, Charlie Rosen, “gamer," multi-instrumentalist and orchestral composer/arranger brought ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Women's History Month Begins and A Broad Spectrum Celebrates Four Years!

Read "Women's History Month Begins and A Broad Spectrum Celebrates Four Years!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy fourth birthday to A Broad Spectrum! We hope to be on the air for many years to come. The first broadcast of Women's History Month includes new releases from vocalists Sinne Eeg, Aubrey Johnson, Judy Niemack and Gina Saputo, pianists Lara Driscoll, Jen Allen, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, with birthday shout ...

Take Five with Monika Hoffman

Read "Take Five with Monika Hoffman" reviewed by Monika Hoffman

Meet Monika Hoffman A Swedish singer with Hungarian-German roots, Monika Hoffman studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she performed with the likes of Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. Back in Europe, her latin vocal jazz album Let's Run Away featured Cuban-American saxophone legend Paquito D'Rivera and she now presents its follow up--Ten Muses. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sinne Eeg: We've Just Begun

Read "We've Just Begun" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Any vocalist who can summon the world-class Danish Radio Big Band to serve as a backup group must have something special to offer. Sinne Eeg, whose lustrous voice uplifts and illuminates her ninth album, We've Just Begun, has all of that and more. Eeg, as it turns out, is a shining star in her native Denmark--and ...


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