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Ella Mae Morse

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Ella Mae Morse was one of the most exciting vocalists of the ‘40s and ‘50s, a hard-to-classify, Texas-born white singer whose vocals were deeply influenced by her apprenticeship with a black guitarist who taught her the blues. Her style defied characterization, as it embraced boogie-woogie, blues, jazz, swing, country and at times came remarkably close to what would be known as rock & roll. Ella Mae Morse was born in Mansfield, Texas on Sept. 12, 1924, the daughter of a drummer-father and a pianist- mother. After singing in her father's jazz combo,when she wasn't yet 14,she had her first taste of the big time, when Jimmy Dorsey's band came to Dallas for a stay at the Adolphus Hotel and she called for an audition.Believing that Morse was indeed 19, as she and her mother claimed, Dorsey hired her

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Classic Jazz, Past and Present

Read "Classic Jazz, Past and Present" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


From May 2021, a show of all pre-bebop classic jazz, performed by musicians from that era as well as more recent players. Some of the performers on the show are Ethel Waters, Artie Shaw, Manhattan Transfer, Maryann Price, Louis Armstrong and Turk Murphy with Lord Buckley. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till ...

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The Morse Code

Label: Verve Records
Released: 1985

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Sensational

Label: Verve Records
Released: 1985

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Lovey Dovey / Bring Back My Baby To Me

Label: Verve Records
Released: 1955

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Barrelhouse, Boogie And The Blues

Label: Verve Records
Released: 1955

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Your Conscience Tells You So / Pig Foot Pete

Label: Verve Records
Released: 1946


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