Ella Fitzgerald

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Of all the critiques that have been written about Ella Fitzgerald, East Coast music critic Tony Mastrianni’s perhaps best defined her very special song stylings. “In the case of Ella Fitzgerald you have something unique. There continues to be no one like her, no one who uses a voice so completely like a musical instrument. . . . She can stray from the melody, sing around it, and over and under it, yet never lose it and then. . . find her way unerringly back to it.”

The renowned British music critic Benny Green said of Ella, “She is the best equipped vocalist ever to grace the jazz scene, having an acutely sensitive ear for harmonic ranges. There is to her voice a lilting lullaby quality which renders even commonplace material moving.”

Ella has done almost everything almost everywhere: from the ballrooms of Harlem to the Hollywood Bowl; from the Feather Theatre to London’s famous Royal Festival Hall; to the most glittering concert halls in Europe. There’s hardly a country in the world where Ella isn’t known, or a continent where she hasn’t appeared.

Ella’s beginnings as a performer are a part of the annals of popular music. Her professional singing career began in the heyday of the big bands, when she joined the very popular Chick Webb Orchestra. Chick became Ella’s mentor and confidant when she was in her early teens, and he nurtured and coached her exceptional singing talent. Although at first skeptical of the young singer (and wary of taking such a young girl on the road), Webb became sufficiently won over to become her legal guardian, and for a time Ella lived with Chick and his wife. Ella recalls, “Chick gave me the confidence I needed. He taught me what he knew would be of lasting importance in my musical career.” The tried and true “A Tisket, A Tasket,” which was a million-seller, was written while Ella was singing with Chick’s band (the lyrics are hers). After she’d won all the singing contests in New York City, this affiliation was the first step in her fabulous career. Ella always acknowledged Chick’s influence on her singing technique (“Always be with the beat!”).

Much of the credit for Ella’s success goes to renowned jazz impresario Norman Granz. Granz became her personal manager and exclusive record producer in 1954 after he bought out her long-term contract from Decca Records. He subsequently began to record her on Verve, his own label (1956-60). After 1972 she recorded exclusively for Pablo, Granz’s classic jazz label which was acquired by Fantasy, Inc. in 1986.

Among the most valuable of the Verve recordings under Granz’s aegis are the Songbooks which have become the definitive version in the pop/jazz category. Ella’s magnificent talent shines brightly in these collections which pay tribute to the work of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Frank Loesser, and Rodgers & Hart, in addition to the Gershwin albums. A number of Ella’s Grammys were awarded for her Songbooks.

It was another of Granz’s ideas to capitalize on Ella’s many concerts by recording her “live”; in fact, he was the first to attempt this recording feat. Among the works in this category are Ella in Berlin, Ella & Duke at the , and Ella Fitzgerald/Newport Jazz Festival Live at Carnegie Hall. Her Pablo live albums include Jazz at the Santa Monica Civic 1972, Ella in London, and Ella à Nice.

Other outstanding Pablo recordings by Ella include collaborations with Joe Pass (Take Love Easy, Easy Living, Speak Love, Fitzgerald & Pass . . . Again), Count Basie (A Perfect Match, A Classy Pair), Oscar Peterson (Ella and Oscar), and Nelson Riddle (Dream Dancing).

Instrumental in Ella’s media fame was her TV exposure. Her two appearances with the inimitable Sinatra are television classics which have been repeated because of popular demand. Also unforgettable were the Duke Ellington/Ella Special for Screen Gems Productions and her Special with André Previn which aired on PBS.

Over the course of her lifetime, Ella won 13 Grammys. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts bestowed their Honors Medal on her and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) presented her with their highest honor, the coveted Pied Piper Award, in a star-studded ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City.

She was 1984’s winner of the esteemed Whitney Young Award, sponsored by the Urban League. On April 28, 1989, she was awarded the first Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award, named the “Ella” in her honor. The following night, she received the prestigious George & Ira Gershwin Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Other honors are legion: the dedication at the University of Maryland of the Ella Fitzgerald Auditorium of Performing Arts, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College, a Doctorate of Music from Howard University, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Talladega College in Alabama, among others.

Ella was noted for her love of children; a child care center in the Lynwood section of Los Angeles bears her name. As observed by one jazz historian, “Perhaps Ella’s greatest triumph has been her ability to sustain a style all her own; in fact, become instantly recognizable wherever she goes simply by that name—Ella.”

Ella Fitzgerald died June 15, 1996.

Bio courtesy of Concord Muscic Group
Photo Courtesy of the Verve Music Group


5 Original Albums

copertina album

CD album
Universal Music
UPC 00600753596289
Contiene i cinque storici album Verve:

Ella Swings Lightly
Sings Sweet Songs For Swingers
Ella In Berlin
Hello Dolly
Whisper Not

Supporto 1
1 Little White Lies
02:30 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra
2 You Hit The Spot
02:43 Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald
3 What's Your Story Morning Glory
02:37 Ella Fitzgerald, The Marty Paich Orchestra
4 Just You Just Me
02:18 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich
5 As Long As I Live
02:45 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra
6 Teardrops From My Eyes
03:45 Ella Fitzgerald
7 Gotta Be This Or That
03:03 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra
8 Moonlight On The Ganges
02:25 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra
9 My Kinda Love
03:41 Ella Fitzgerald
10 Blues In The Night
03:35 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra
11 If I Were A Bell
02:22 Ella Fitzgerald
12 You're An Old Smoothie
02:32 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra
13 Little Jazz
03:02 Ella Fitzgerald
14 You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
02:15 Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald
15 Knock Me A Kiss
04:05 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra
16 720 In The Books
02:50 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra
Supporto 2
1 Sweet and Lovely
03:12 Ella Fitzgerald
2 Let's Fall In Love
03:03 Ella Fitzgerald
3 Makin' Whoopee
03:41 Ella Fitzgerald, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Frank Devol Orchestra
4 That Old Feeling
04:16 Ella Fitzgerald
5 I Remember You
02:22 Ella Fitzgerald
6 Moonlight Serenade
03:01 Ella Fitzgerald
7 Gone With The Wind
02:59 Ella Fitzgerald
8 Can't We Be Friends?
03:21 Ella Fitzgerald
9 Out Of This World
04:34 Ella Fitzgerald
10 My Old Flame
03:02 Ella Fitzgerald
11 East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
03:44 Ella Fitzgerald
12 Lullaby Of Broadway
02:25 Ella Fitzgerald
Supporto 3
1 Gone With The Wind (Live In Berlin/1960)
02:35 Ella Fitzgerald, The Paul Smith Quartet
2 Misty (Live In Berlin/1960)
02:48 Ella Fitzgerald, The Paul Smith Quartet
3 The Lady Is A Tramp (With Introduction And Fanfare / Live In Berlin/1960)
03:03 Ella Fitzgerald, The Paul Smith Quartet
4 The Man I Love (With Applause / Live In Berlin/1960)
03:56 Ella Fitzgerald
5 Summertime (Live In Berlin/1960)
02:51 Ella Fitzgerald, The Paul Smith Quartet
6 Too Darn Hot (With Applause / Live In Berlin/1960)
03:30 Ella Fitzgerald
7 Lorelei (Live In Berlin/1960)
03:28 Ella Fitzgerald, The Paul Smith Quartet
8 Mack The Knife (Live In Deutschlandhallen, West Berlin, Germany/1960)
05:05 Ella Fitzgerald, The Paul Smith Quartet
9 How High The Moon (Live In Berlin/1960)
08:02 Ella Fitzgerald
Supporto 4
1 Hello Dolly
02:52 Ella Fitzgerald
2 People
03:46 Ella Fitzgerald
3 Can't Buy Me Love (Album Version)
02:36 Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Spence Orchestra
4 The Sweetest Sounds
02:07 Ella Fitzgerald
5 Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today)
03:54 Ella Fitzgerald
6 My Man
04:00 Ella Fitzgerald
7 How High The Moon
03:59 Ella Fitzgerald
8 Volare
02:40 Ella Fitzgerald
9 The Thrill Is Gone
03:21 Ella Fitzgerald
10 Memories Of You
02:47 Ella Fitzgerald
11 Lullaby Of The Leaves
02:54 Ella Fitzgerald
12 Pete Kelly's Blues
03:56 Ella Fitzgerald
Supporto 5
1 Sweet Georgia Brown
03:32 Ella Fitzgerald
2 Whisper Not
03:01 Ella Fitzgerald
3 I Said No
04:02 Ella Fitzgerald
4 Thanks For The Memory
04:02 Ella Fitzgerald
5 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
03:49 Ella Fitzgerald
6 Old McDonald
02:14 Ella Fitzgerald
7 Time After Time
03:28 Ella Fitzgerald
8 You've Changed (Album Version)
03:17 Ella Fitzgerald, The Marty Paich Orchestra
9 I've Got Your Number
03:13 Ella Fitzgerald
10 Lover Man
04:21 Ella Fitzgerald
11 Wives And Lovers
02:21 Ella Fitzgerald
12 Matchmaker, Matchmaker
02:49 Ella Fitzgerald


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Ella In Hollywood

2009   CD

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All That Jazz

2006   CD

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Porgy And Bess

2008   CD

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At Newport

2007   CD

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A Perfect Match

2006   CD

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Montreux '77

2006   CD

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Ella In London

2006   CD

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Ella & Oscar

2006   CD

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Sophisticated Lady

2006   CD

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Fine And Mellow

2006   CD

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Speak Love

2006   CD

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Easy Living

2006   CD

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Ella For Lovers

2004   CD

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Ella And Basie

1997   CD

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Porgy And Bess

1985   CD

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